The Twelve Days of Christmas Program in Action.

I hope to visit this family again and if you ever get the chance to do something like this, anything like this, do it!  You will not regret it; you will have a very enjoyable time, meet great people and be able to have the satisfaction of making a family’s holiday so much better.  These people are going through such a rough time and having a child with cancer is a parent’s worst nightmare.

Being able to think that I could help relieve them of a little worry is the best feeling in the world.  I would love to be allowed the privilege to do this again and again and again.  My two children, Michael and Maddie, wrote a little bit about their experience as well.

Thanks again for the privilege of handling this family for the Twelve Days Program! ~ Cathy

Michael, 16

My experience delivering to Bejian and his family was amazing.  Bejian and I are only 2 years apart in age and realizing what he is going through made me realize how lucky I really am.  I admire “B”s outlook on his situation and the way he tackles daily life with such enthusiasm is extraordinary.  It was great to see how much support he has from his family and how they are all pulling together.  This trip was truly inspirational. 

Maddie, 13

A few weeks ago, my family and I delivered presents and baked goods to a family from Cal’s Angels, 12 days.  We were all a bit nervous not knowing what to expect from this family that is facing such a hard time in their lives, but the experience was delightful.  The family was friendly, welcoming, and frankly just awesome.  We presented them with baked goods, gingerbread house kits and a family movie night basket and DVD player.  The other gifts were going to be used for under their tree on Christmas, and the thought of their excitement when opening the presents and enjoying the goods was beyond wonderful, it was magical.  Bejian (“B”) would not let the giant movie night bundle out of his sight!  His brother could not wait to get started on the gingerbread houses.  B’s youngest sister is only nine months old, and I swear I have never seen a cuter, more persistent, adorable little girl in my life!  B’s other sister was out at a sleepover, but if she is anything like her siblings she must be wonderful.  B’s mother and grandparents were welcoming and funny.  They had so many entertaining stories to share.

Cal’s Angels wants to send a special note of recognition to Maddie who asked her friends to donate toys to Cal’s Angels Toy Drive rather than bring presents for her birthday party – Thanks Maddie!