The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1997 · Page 154
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 154

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, December 6, 1997
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S THE PALM BEACH POST SAIURDAY, DECEMBER b. IMI SB It's the season The Styfer family Linda Styler juggles her 5-year-old son, Andrew, (with her at left) her grandmother and a 60-hour-a-week job as head bank teller. The Stylers' wish: Linda needs $500 for after-school care for Andrew and $500 for college classes. Also, $150 is needed for groceries and $250 for clothes and toys for Andrew. Nominated by: Opportunity Inc., 411 S. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401; (561) 832-5812. -1 f . -a i U A Please stop for a moment to look at these faces, to listen to these stories. Please meet some of your neighbors who need your help. The Palm Beach Post's Season to Share holiday campaign helps families who are struggling to have happy holidays and successful lives. Last year, Post readers gave more than $125,000 plus thousands more in merchandise and manpower to our Season to Share families. Our campaign runs through Dec. 21. Thank you for sharing. For their full stories, go online to Palm Beach Interactive: www.GoPBI.comseasontoshare Photography by Stephanie Welsh Mario Forlano At 33, Mario Forlano's cerebral palsy and mild mental retardation confines him to a wheelchair (pictured at his group home at left). . . Mario Forlano's wish: A computer that would let himj play games. Cost: $3,000 for computer and monitor and $3,000 for equipment that would help him use the system. Nominated by: Seagull Industries for the Disabled Inc., 3879 Byron Drive, Riviera Beach, FL 33404; (561) 842-5814. The Hayman family Shalon Hayman, 4, (at left) has Down syndrome, and her mom, Rosalee, and dad. Basil, struggle to transport Shalon to appointments. The Haymans' wish: $500 for day care; a van with a motorized lift; clothes for Shalon and two siblings; brother Jazarlee wants a bike; Basil Jr. wants a remote control car; paint and tile for home repairs. Nominated by: Northwood Baptist Church, 3600 Village Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33407; (561) 687-0337. Lot The Smarz family Crippled by the headaches, slurred speech and seizures caused by multiple sclerosis, Michelle Smarz (with her sons, right) is dependent on her husband, John, and three sons. The Smarzs' wish: Michelle needs surgery to insert a $10,000 pump to dispense pain medication. The procedure and related medical bills would cost about $40,000. She also needs a motorized wheelchair. Nominated by: Northwood Baptist Church, 3600 Village Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33407; (561) 687-0337. " V A - 3 AJ Vy ' "PK$ : -' ' - ! i if inn i li I - ,.. , m JW The Novello family When Art Novello, 41, of West Palm Beach, fell 25 feet from a ladder after being electrocuted at work in June, it devastated his wife Barbara and daughter Kaitlin (with him at left). Barbara Novello's wish: A dependable car, new or used, for transportation to her job and for transporting her husband. Nominated by: Adopt-a-Family of the Palm Beaches Inc., 2330 S. Congress Ave., Suite 1C, West Palm Beach, FL 33406; (561) 434-4960. The Council family Shonda Council of Riviera Beach became jobless and homeless this summer when her baby sitter moved. She needs day care for her three children (Gary and Chandon are with her at right. Gary's twin brother, Aaron, is not pictured). Shonda Council's wish: A car and money for food, clothing and family needs. Cost: $3,000. Nominated by: The Center for Family Services, Program Reach, 2910 14th St., Riviera Beach, FL 33404; (561) 845-0515. jmj'ii.injiww wi hjju .nufm i.iiiiiihiiimh.ib 11111111 :V - A' v The Miller family Three autistic children keep life in chaos for Laura and Howard Miller of Port St Lucie. The Millers' wish: The couple struggles daily to care for their three autistic children (Sarah, 2, is at left). The family needs $750 for clothing, new playground equipment ($1,500) and $3,500 for a computer. Nominated by: Hibiscus Children's Center, 891 Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach, FL 34958; (561) 334-9311 if. Sammie Green The gap between Sammie Green's front door and a ramp leading outside is just inches wide but it keeps the legally blind amputee from Fort Pierce (at left) from leaving his home in his wheelchair. Sammie Green's wish: $500 for a wheelchair ramp. Nominated by: Council on Aging of St. Lucie r County Inc., 1505 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce, FL 34950; (561) 465-5220. ypm -1 til, Ipmm rl V ill Vf. ) , 1 s The Pira family Cristina and Salvatore Pira of Delray Beach are the parents of quadruplets (from left: Lorenzo, MariaChristina, Luciano and Sal). Four babies bring many demands. A trip to the doctor, for example, takes three people and two cars. The Piras' wish: Money for a van so the family can travel together, plus baby clothes size 12 months and up and diapers. Nominated by: Jewish Family and Children's Services of Palm Beach County, 4605 Community Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33417; (561) 684-1991. 1 ft' V "' r f The Rodriguez family Maria Rodriguez fights to meet her family's financial demands, increased lately by her daughter's medical bills because of longterm kidney problems. (Delores, 19, is at left). The Rodriguezes' wish: $1,000 for bills; food and clothes. Nominated by: Kidney Association of the Palm Beaches, 321 Northlake Blvd., Suite 112, North Palm Beach, FL 33408; (561) 844-0579. QP. ---v - .- ..J'SSi'SsSsl I r f The Mclntyre family Arnetha Mclntyre has recovered from two cancer surgeries while raising three children. The Indiantown mother depends on her twice-monthly $260 paycheck to provide for sons Ernest, 10, and Michael, 7, and granddaughter Antwanique (with her at right). Arnetha Mclntyre's wish: She needs money for bills, the $400 monthly rent, clothing, food and Christmas gifts for her family. Her daughter, Sequoyia, needs a $79 bus ticket from Tallahassee to get home for the holidays. Nominated by: Jesus House of Hope Inc., 2484 S.E. Bonita St., Stuart, FL 34997; (561) 286-4673. Wn, 1 ' Ji if';.'i,w'iMi'wiiiiiiii,lt,llri"ii 1.1 y lr-( Jf,-- r VJ "W The Wright family Supporting a growing teenage son and a younger son who lost an eye to cancer has put single mother Cassandra Wright (with Ronald, 16, and Jeremy, 8, at left) in a financial bind. Cassandra's wish: She needs food, clothing and a Christmas tree for her family. Her son, Ronald, needs shirts size XL, pants size 34-36, -and size 14 shoes. Nominated by: The Salvation Army, 901 Johnson St., Stuart, FL 34995; (561) 288-1471. Season To Share" DONATION FORM f i i Donor's name (please print) . .Hm... PUIPWI 111! J..UI III II. , II t : "mf-T-T .City. Address . State .Zip Code. . Phone ( Please give my donation to... Amount 5. u I " -- Make checks payable to: Season to Share Fund Mall to: Season to Share The Palm Beach Post P.O. Box 24696 West Palm Beach, FL 33416 Total amount $ Partial contributions of any amount are welcome. The Williams family Two of Tonyai and Ernest Williams' children, Teriya and Tori, were born premature and underweight, and medical expenses have sapped the family's finances. Their 16-year-old son, Antoine, (above with Teriya, 15 months old) watches his sisters, but the trips to the laundromat are still hard. Tonyai and Ernest Williams' wish: Clothes washer and dryer, $400; child's wagon, $75; small color television, $150; VCR, $150. Nominated by: Florida Easter Seal Society, 213 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach; (561) 640-0013 Debra Robinson Debra Robinson (above) tries not to cry when her daughters Page, 15, and Carolyn, 8, call on the phone. The girls live with their father while Debra, who is mentally retarded, lives at an assisted living facility and dreams of a home with her girls. Debra Robinson's wish: Money for clothing and personal care for at least a year. Nominated by: Seagull Industries for the Disabled Inc., 3879 Byron Drive, Riviera Beach, FL 33404; (561) 842-5814. The Koenig family The only space Jim and Linda Koenig have for their autistic son, Jimmy, 5, (above) to sleep is a crib in the living room. The Koenigs' wish: $6,000 to renovate a garage into Jimmy's bedroom; an Interactive Barney for Jimmy's Christmas and a computer; Nike Air sneakers or size 5 ice skates for sister Amy; and a bicycle for brother Michael. Nominated by: Connor Moran Children's Cancer Foundation, 2450 Mctrocentre Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33407; (561) 684-3304. Carolyn Scheffler Carolyn Scheffler (above) struggles daily to stand up or sit down. Hampered by chronic pulmonary disease, a chair that would lift her to her feet would provide some independence. Carolyn Scheffler's wish: An electric lift chair, valued at $600, would help her get to her feet easier. Nominated by: Council on Aging of Martin County Inc., 1071 E. 10th St., Stuart, FL 34995; (561) 283-8026. t The Palm Beach Post Season To Share Fund, Inc., is a nonprofit charity set up to disburse holiday donations. Donations are tax deductible. Duplicate donations for the same gift will be used by a nonprofit agency for similar cases. Please do not mail cash or merchandise. If you have merchandise to donate, please contact the agency directly. Names of donors of $25 or more will be published in The Palm Beach Post unless you wish to remain anonymous. Address and phone numbers will not be printed. It you do not want your name published, check here: Q

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