genres-cfp-logo2Our Christmas Family Program includes ten pediatric oncology families who were referred to us by the oncology social workers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. During the Christmas season, we provide immediate needs and some very special wants to each of the family members.   We have talked, at length, with each family.  We know their immediate needs and will be providing for many of them. Items like coats, bedding, and warm clothes are on each of their lists.  Each mom has also identified a few special items that each child is hoping for this Christmas. It is our desire to provide these gifts, and you can be a part of this Christmas giving!

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HOW DOES THIS WORK?

It’s simple.  Choose a child below or click on the Christmas Family tab above. Read a child’s story.  If that child’s story touches your heart and you’d like to help the family, click on the registry link.  You will be taken directly to the registry created specifically for that family.  Make your selection(s) and purchase them just like you would for any online purchase.  You can choose to add a note, if you’d like.  Your gift will be sent directly to the Genre’s Kids volunteer who will be delivering the gifts to the family.  It really is that simple. Truly, this program works because of the generosity of people throughout so many communities! You can make a difference in the life of a family fighting childhood cancer!

Our Christmas Family Program will be available for viewing from November 3rd through December 3rd.  The registries need to close early in December so that arrangements can be made to deliver the gifts before Christmas.  Because we are working with extremely sick children, plans change often and our volunteers need time to accommodate the families sometimes unforeseen hospital schedules.  Thanks for understanding!

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Please help us by sharing our Christmas family program with your family and friends.  We would appreciate offices, churches, and any other organizations joining in our program.  Like us on Facebook as this information is provided there as well.  Feel free to share this gift of giving on your social media!

WHY DO WE DO THIS?

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This program holds a special place in our hearts. I remember the first Christmas when Genre was sick.  We had Christmas Eve dinner at our home. We made Genre anything he wanted – anything that he could stand to smell and swallow.  He was bald, gray, and so very sick. He was on some of the worst drugs of his protocol.  It was time to pray and Genre said that he would like to say the prayer.  This is what he prayed, “Dear God, thank you for Jesus.  Thank you for this food and for my family.  Thank you for letting me feel good enough to eat.  Will you please help me be strong enough to walk downstairs and open my presents in the morning?  Amen.”    Those words are burned in my memory forever.  We enjoyed every single minute of that Christmas morning.  We hugged more than we ever hugged.  We snuggled more than we ever snuggled.  We appreciated God’s gift more than any other year – before or since.  We were so thankful for that Christmas morning, as bitter sweet as it was.  It is my prayer that these families will have a blessed morning and that we will ease any burden they may feel when thinking about Christmas.

Thanks for being a blessing to these families.  God bless you and your family during this holiday season, and always.

Daunette, Genre’s mom

 

Click on child’s name below for their story and their immediate needs!

Gage

Gage is 4 years old and recently lost his eye to cancer.  Thank you to Duncan Financial for their generosity in providing a wonderful Christmas morning for this family.  Gage is the nephew of our other Christmas child, Noah.  Please keep Gage in your prayers throughout the new year.

Austin

Thank you to all who supported Austin and his family during the Christmas season!  Austin is a cheerful and encouraging young man and we are thankful to know him!   Austin has several more months of treatment so we ask that you continue to pray for him and his family. Austin is a fifteen year […]

Jaxis

Thank you to all who provided for this family!  Baby Jaxis and her family were grateful for all the love and support. Thank you for helping this family!  Please continue to keep Jaxis in your prayers.   Jaxis is a 2 year old baby girl fighting malignant rhabdoid tumor.  It is very rare with only […]

Kyleigh

Thank you to all who provided for this special family.  Kyleigh’s mom was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support.  Thank you.  Please continue praying for Kyleigh and her family as she battles acute lymphoblastic leukemia and lymphoma.  

Shea

Thank you to all who provided gifts for this special family.  She’s family was so very thankful for the generosity and love shown to them during this very difficult time.  They have been living at the hospital or in the Ronald McDonald House for months.  Please continue praying for Shea as she moves through her […]

Shelby

Thank you for helping us show love and compassion to Shelby and her family throughout the holiday season.  They were so grateful for the gifts you provided.  They were also overwhelmed by the gift of a new vehicle from the Hope Center at Cornerstone Ministries.  It will be life changing for them.  Please keep praying […]

Dawson

Thank you for supporting Dawson’s family!  Your generosity made a very difficult time so much easier for this sweet family.  Thank you for your help!  Dawson is being monitored very carefully after his transplant.  Please pray for this this little boy and his family.     Dawson was born with a mark on his tail […]

Nicolai (Nik)

Thank you to those who chose to help Nik and his family.  This single mom was so moved when she realized what people had given to her family.  Thank you for allowing her to feel loved and uplifted!  Please continue praying for Nik.  Because Nik is a male and fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia, his treatment […]

Noah

Thank you to everyone who chose to help Noah and his family.  Noah’s parents are dealing with Noah having leukemia. The treatment schedule for boys is 3-5 years. As if that isn’t enough, their 4 year old grandson, Gage, is fighting retinoblasroma. He recently had his eye removed. Thank you to everyone who provided for this very […]

Nyier

Thank you to all who provided for this family!  Dad and mom were clearly surprised by the generosity of complete strangers.  You allowed these parents to feel loved and supported during such a difficult time. Please continue praying for Nyier as he continues with radiation to fight against this neuroblastoma.   Nyier is a three […]