Christmas~ We told you about a Secret Santa pool in New Jersey in a previous story back on December 22, refer to article Communities Comes Together this Holiday Season. We are back with our Christmas update on that story.
People have their on perception of what Christmas really is. Some people believe it’s recongination Christ birthday. While others believe that it’s about gift giving and receiving. Well for one family this was an extra special Christmas of hope.
The sister of the family wrote into, Helping People Help Themselves Inc and responded to a Secret Santa Giveaway for a displaced Hurricane Irene family. Here is what the entry said:
” My name is (sister of Jane Doe) and my family was directly affected by Hurricane Irene, My sister (Jane Doe) had to move from the home she was renting in Irvington NJ, FEMA declared the home unlivable due to the mold that occurred from the thigh high water that destroyed the home. My Sister has 4 children, 19,18 and a set of twins 9 yrs old, (a boy & girl) of which 1 of them has asthma and was suffering problems associated with all the mold. All their possessions, including, furniture, cloths, personal things, momentum, and pictures were destroyed. She had to move from a 4 bedroom home to a 3 bedroom apt in Newark. My family has helped her where we can, but it is a struggle for us all.
I feel my sister and my nieces and nephews will love to have a christmas gift of hope for all they have endured, this will be a wonderful blessing for my family. Thank You.”
Well as luck will have it, this family was the one’s who were chosen to receive the Secret Santa gifts which are shown above. Jane did tell us that she had seen the offer on Facebook and had no Idea that her sister had entered her in the pool. She was very surprise to learned that her family had won.
Sources tell us that while, Tahiesha Coleman the Founder, CEO and Director of Help People Help Themzelfs Inc, and two volunteers Roderick Maree and Rahjuhn Goins was preparing to drop the gifts off to the family, they had learned from the sister of Jane Doe that this family also had suffer from a tragic lost less than 2 weeks before being displaced and that the person who had in fact cause the tragic death of their loved one was due to be released from the custody of the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center days before Christmas.
This news had shocked Coleman, who was in uttered silence as she learned more about the families tragic lost in details once they had arrived at the family home.
Coleman was so moved by this family story that the organization has decided to started their first fund and has named it “The Madison Jade Fund”, named after Madison Jade Spearman, whom was beaten to death, by her mother’s then, boyfriend back on August 15, 2011. Tahiesha, tells us that this fund will help children and families that are victim’s of child abuse and domestic violence. Read more on Beaten to death for crying, Irvington toddler mourned by relatives at Elizabeth funeral
She also tells us that she will start a Scholarship Fund for the children of this family that has suffered from a series of devastating events. This scholarship fund will also be named after little Madison Jade Spearman and the name of this fund is ” Maddy’s Scholarship Fund”. This fund will remain as a college fund for all of Madison’s relative.
Help People Help Themzelfs Inc, will be advocating along side of Natasha Levant, who is working on getting a bill passed for a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison for all murders of children which we will call, “Madison Law”.
Sources tell us that the real Secret Santa family wishes to remain anonymous and has said.” They were thankful for the gift of hope”.
We will keep you up to date on the progress of this story as it unfolds as well as provide contact and donor information for all funds and projects related to this story in a follow-up.
Communities Comes Together this Holiday Season
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