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Photo by Mike Pearson

Photo by Mike Pearson

Anthony loves his new sheet set featuring characters from the Disney Pixar film Cars.

Giving thanks for a holiday miracle

Editor’s note: Christine Schwarz, her husband, Uwe, and son, Anthony, 5, were chronicled in a Dec. 19 story in the Stoney Creek News. After the family was faced with possible homelessness, donors stepped forward to help them move into a rented home that backs onto Fifty Point Conservation Area. The community also stepped up with donations of food, furniture and household items.

Re: Supporters unite to help local family, Dec. 19.

Well, the busy pre-and post-Christmas time is over and now it is time to thank all the people that overwhelmed my family and me with their selfless donations of every kind.

The reactions we received in response to the article in the Stoney Creek News were amazing.  I had already lost faith in people when we lived in Hamilton and our situation looked hopeless. Luckily, our parents came to our rescue and helped us purchase our RV that put a roof over our heads for the months to follow. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to a number of people as well as organizations that came to our aid.

First of all, I would like to say thank you to Marie and Janet who work at the front gate of Fifty Point Conservation Area as well as Don McConnell, who so cheerfully agreed to let us rent this beautiful house.

Also, thanks to Angeline and her father-in-law who pointed me in the right direction, Ramona Lipson who went to great lengths to help us in every way she could by emailing everyone she knows to help and Shelley Baker-Gracie and the staff from Royal Lepage for their generosity and kindness.

I would also like to thank the girls at Vero on Highway 8 in Fiesta Mall for their donations of haircuts and colour for the whole family as well as gifts and certificates to help us through the Christmas season.

To Dr. DeReubis and his staff, I am so grateful for the donation of new glasses. With only one income to support a whole family, glasses were not even possible on our budget. I spent a whole year continuously pushing a broken pair up on the bridge of my nose. Thank you so much. It made my son and me very happy.

So many people left anonymous donations of toys, household items and clothes at our door.  I would like especially to thank Mr. Laskowski at Immaculate Heart of Mary, the school where our son Anthony is in senior kindergarten, for his almost endless efforts on our behalf as well as Father Bill Trusz of the church. To the volunteers and anyone involved in the program hosted by the school, a very warm thank you.

Some organizations made generous donations to our cause, including UHaul, who donated a moving vehicle to bring donated furniture, E.D. Smith, who provided us with a basket of preserves, pie filling, syrup and more, and Jeffrey and Franco Lucato of F & M Caulking for their donation of gifts as well as Dignity Memorial and Dominion lending centres with their donations and kindness. A great big thank you to all. With a second income, our constant worries and financial stress would finally have an end.  My husband, having suffered a heart attack six years ago which left him somewhat incapacitated, is looking for work that does not involve heavy lifting or physically challenging conditions. He is looking for work at night to compliment my hours so that someone is always with our son, Anthony.

I work from 2-10 p.m., Monday to Friday and he needs work that either starts early in the morning and goes until noon or after midnight. This is very hard to find.

We have searched high and low for a job for him but with some other 1,500 people also applying for positions at the same time, his chances are slim to none. He is looking for something with customer service or maybe at a hotel. Even part time work would help us along financially.

Christine Schwarz

Stoney Creek


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