Coming together to change a 5 year old’s Christmas Morning…

I posted this on FB today…and read the update!
 
Ok friends and family….I have a favor… For those who can help. One of my families is actually not celebrating Christmas this year. When I asked the very very young mom ” what does your five-year old want for Christmas?” She looked at me with such sadness in her eyes and said “I don’t know. It will just be Tuesday here for us”. They are a very poor family. And this young mom advocates so well …
for her very disabled child. I see this child for therapy. They do not have a tree up or any decorations. The daddy works very hard. But times are more than though for them. I’m dropping off donations of gifts and maybe some food as well in Sunday. All I can think about is the five-year old. What would he think Christmas morning. How would he understand that Santa forgot him. It just breaks my heart. And to really see it first hand. And to feel this young mom’s disappointment just got to me. Anyone wishing to help. Please let me know.
**The child I see is 12 months. He has the Developmental delays. Blind and a seizure disorder. The 5-year-old brother does not have developmental concerns. That’s why I was so saddened. How would this five-year old understand that Santa forgot him? Heartbreaking. 🙁
 
 
 
And here’s an update:
 
I am overwhelmed already…thank you so much to everyone who is so eager and happy to help this family. To keep you updated…thank you to Gibbi LaPresti…she will be picking up a tree and decorations..and I will meet up with her on Saturday to get from her. Thank you to my dear friend Kimberly Brandt-Tyburski..she is getting gifts for the mom and dad…thank you to my friend Kim Iorio- Nobre…..she is in search for a gift for the uncle….Thank you to Paul Tarsney and Jennifer Tarsney our cousins for sending a check in the mail to me today…I will get the family a gift card to the local supermarket so they can enjoy a nice Christmas Dinner…thank you to my friend Marissa Zangre Makram for putting a gift card in the mail…to my sister Alyson Giorlando Palmer for sending a check and for posting on her FB page…to my friend Rachel Cantone for sharing my post and for having a gift for the five-year old…the CARS movie…he will be thrilled. Thank you to Teresa Kay and family…for dropping off to my front door steps non-perishable food…a stocking and two car toys!.  And to Melissa Schaeffer Bossert for putting a check in the mail…and Michelle Reynolds for dropping off gifts!! ..I will continue to post as I get more.
 
I dont know about you guys…but I needed this…the Sandy Hook tragedy is so awful and unimagineable..to now help this family enjoy Christmas together….and I can not even imagine the five-year old’s face when he sees that he was not forgotten by Santa…

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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