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Last year, HDI helped Veronica and her family. In July 2019, we hosted a baby registry for Veronica because her family was out of a home and baby Donovan was scheduled to join the rest of his siblings in October. We also hosted our first annual Christmas Extravaganza for Veronica’s family because they were temporarily homeless and Veronica was very sick from sepsis. Her and her husband were not able to afford anything for their children for Christmas, and our generous donors pitched in to surprise the family with practical gifts like coats and sleeping mats.

Here is what Veronica had to say about her baby registry for Donovan:

I want you to know how thankful I am. This sort of thing never happens for me. I barely even received gifts as a child. I honestly feel so moved by all this. I’ve just never known so much selfless kindness and generosity. What you’re doing for people, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s not just about saving money, because many things I’d never be able to budget anyway; what you do is make dreams come true, and you make women feel valued. Keep up the good work, you and your donors are making lives better.

After the surprise Christmas Extravaganza for her family, Veronica reached out and let us know:

I really do appreciate the Christmas help. As you know I was very sick last year [2019], especially in December when I almost died from sepsis. I wasn’t able to do my work so didn’t have the money for shopping, and after spending over a week in the hospital, I didn’t have the strength either. 2019 was a rough year for us already due to having electric issues in our house forcing us to be homeless and my being sick so much throughout the year. The kids knew we were struggling this year and weren’t expecting much at all, so it was a wonderful surprise for them on Christmas morning! We are forever grateful to you and your contributors for bringing so much joy to our family! Thank you so much for everything.

You all are the reason Veronica, her smallest baby Donovan, and her whole family were able to be helped in their time of need. Thank you so much for bringing hope to women and families!

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