We received a wish for a homeless high school student who is currently in a motel and in need of funds to pay for additional days/nights stay. This teen, who shall remain nameless, will be moving into a shelter on Feb 8th, but needed a little help paying for her motel until then.
Bianca's Kids is paying for the high school student's motel bill until she can get safely get to the shelter. It's sad to think that any high school student would be struggling to keep a roof over their head.
*** WISH GRANTED - He has Cerebral Palsy, spent 5 1/2 years in foster care and wants nothing more than to fit in. We are making that happen. Meet Dylan**
Hello. Our son Dylan (we will be adopting this year) is 16 and has many struggles. He has been in foster care for 5.5 years. He is wheelchair bound due to cerebral palsy, rickets, and epilepsy. He had his right hip removed in 2011, and will need his a left hip removed this year. Also in July of 2016, he had a spinal fusion from t2 to tailbone.
He spends a lot of his time in his wheelchair. Due to this he needs comfortable clothing. Since the fusion he hit a gigantic growth spurt. From boys 8/10 to boys 16. He loves to be like his brother. with sporty athletic clothing. Unfortunately, I am the only income in the house and because I have 6 children (3 medically fragile) I only average around 20 hours a week. This doesn't allow us to splurge on under armour or Nike clothing. He longs to fit in, and rock the "cool clothes" Dylan would live a pair of under armour pants, t-shirt, and sweat shirt. And maybe some long socks too. He is a size men's 6 shoe. I wish I could splurge a little for him, how everything you that is not in our cards right now. He wants nothing more than to fit in.
I appreciate you considering his wish!
Dylan is going to be the BEST DRESSED fellow in all of PA as we are having delivered to him and brand new wardrobe. Included in his wish package from Bianca's Kids will be 2 pairs of Under Armour pants, 3 Under Armour shirts, 1 Under Armour hoodie, 6 pars of Nike socks and 1 pair of Nike Sneakers.
At a mere 10 years old, Bella has been through more than most. Bella was born with CHD and 22q.11.2 deletion syndrome, which has its obstacles. In November of last year, Bella was hospitalized for pallet surgery. In December, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer which spread and required immediate surgery with radiation treatments thereafter. Bella’s mom reached out to us with a wish to help make her sweet Bella smile during this difficult time. As Bella’s birthday is coming up in February, she created an Amazon wish list. We purchased a few of the items off of Bella’s wish list including a Star Wars bedding set, a plush Star Wars throw blanket, a hammock swinging chair and the “SUCK IT CANCER” book for some good reading. All of Bella’s early birthday presents are on their way to her house as we speak. :)
Happy birthday Bella!
Love, Bianca’s Kids
Today, we presented volunteers of “Christmas for Puerto Rico” with a check for $5,000.00 for Puerto Rico Children’s Hospital (“PRCH”). PRCH provides care for children who do not have insurance. No child is turned away.
With so many children getting sick and injured as a result of the devastation of Hurricane Maria, we knew we needed to lend a hand to PRCH.
Thank you to our supporters for making this amazing donation possible
SIBLINGS SHATTERED BY THE SUICIDE OF THEIR SISTER, GET THEIR WISH GRANTED TO HONOR HER IN A SPECIAL WAY
We received a wish via our website from a woman by the name of Theresa Moore for the siblings of Riley Nichole Hughes. This beautiful picture captured happier times for the family.
Riley (far left in the photo) was adored by her family, classmates and teachers. Sadly, on June 27, 2017, 17-year-old Riley Hughes took her own life leaving her family devastated and grief stricken.
Theresa wrote to us with a special wish for Riley's siblings. As Riley was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, Theresa wished for us to get Riley's family tickets to the Philadelphia Eagles v. Dallas Cowboys game in Philadelphia. Attending this game is something Riley always wanted to do with her family but never had the chance to. As the Eagles and Dallas are a huge NFL rivalry, tickets are rarely available for this game and if they ever are, they are completely unaffordable.
As we felt that attending this game in memory of Riley would not only be a unifying but a healing event for her siblings who miss her, we knew we had to make this wish come true. So, with the help of our incredible friends at the Philadelphia Eagles organization, the entire Hughes Family will be in attendance at the Eagles v. Dallas game on December 31st. We are certain Riley will be there in spirit as well.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255
FORMER FOSTER CHILD GOT THE SHOCK OF HIS LIFE TODAY WHEN WE SURPRISED HIM WITH HIS VERY OWN CAR! BK’S BIGGEST XMAS WISH OF 2017 GOES TO JAH’MEAR KIRBY!
WHAT A DAY!!!! We wish you could have been there!
We received a wish for a young man by the name of Jah’mear. The wish came to us from Tori Gallo of Williamstown, NJ.
Jah’mear spent many years in foster care and is an amazing boy who is loved by so many in his community. Tori told us that a few of Jah’mear’s Teachers chipped in to buy him a bicycle to get to and from work and school. Unfortunately, Jah’mear’s bike was stolen. It was his only form of transportation.
Given all the good we heard about him, we decided to kick this wish up a notch. Instead of replacing his Bike we surprised him with his very own car!!! This kid lost his mind! He cried tears of joy and said things like “this can’t be real” and “is this whole car mine?” Just incredible.
This was by far one of the most touching wishes we’ve ever granted. Our friends at Mike's Driving School have offered Jah’mear free driving lessons and while at today’s wish granting, Jah’mear was offered a job at outback steakhouse in Turnersville NJ.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Holman Ford Of Turnersville
Mike’s Driving School
Photos courtesy of South Jersey Adventures photography
YOUNG GIRL BATTLING A NUMBER OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IS GIVEN THE GIFT OF MUSIC. OUR NEXT CHRISTMAS WISH IS GRANTED FOR SARAH
Here’s the wish we received via our website:
Dear Bianca’s Kids,
My daughter Sarah is 11 years old and diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and OCD. She is a very smart and kind girl but suffers a great deal because of her mental health conditions. She has struggled much of her young life. What makes things even more difficult for her is that the man she loved as Daddy died. And her mom (me) has systemic Lupus and is often quite ill. She has very severe episodes of depression and very severe OCD and anxiety. This impacts everyday of her life and many days (every waking minute).
Sarah is often not happy no matter how much love she is shown. She is just that ill. But she has told me she wants to play the clarinet. Due to my circumstances, I can’t purchase her one.
I try to be an advocate for children with mental health conditions because there just is not enough awareness and help out there. I do what I can to help others but sometimes we need a little help too. If you make this wish come true for my daughter, I could never put to words the gratitude I will have.
Thank you so much!
Dear Kristian, as we believe a clarinet would be so therapeutic for Sarah, we are thrilled to grant your wish. One clarinet and one book on how to learn to play coming right up!
Bianca's Kids & its supporters provide Christmas gifts for over 1000 foster children in 2017. All gifts have now been delivered to the Division of Youth & Families! THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!!
Now, our elves (case workers) will feverishly be making their deliveries the next two weeks. We’ve never seen anything like this year’s gifts. Our office building was ceiling to floor gifts. The amount was INSANE! And So much thought went into every gift. Our 7th year of Operation Foster Christmas is in the books! God bless all of you that sponsored our children. They are going to be so happy on Xmas morning.
**Special needs child struggling with grief after losing his father in a car accident and two grandparents to illness is the recipient of our next Christmas wish. ***
Here is the heartwarming wish we received via our website:
To The Bianca's Kids Foundation,
I am the sole caregiver for my young son. He has been diagnosed with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a Learning Disability (LD), specifically, Mixed Expressive-Receptive Language Disorder. I have spent many years providing complex emotional care for my whole family, while working and volunteering in the community.
Not long ago, Mihail and I lost supportive people in our lives. Mihail’s grandparents, my parents, both recently passed, after long battle with Cancer and Alzheimer’s.
The most recent and deeply devastating event is the untimely death of my husband-his father, due to a horrible car accident. My son is taking these losses very hard, because children with Autism have a very hard time to process great loss, such is the loss of complete family. Now, added to his doctor’s appointments and therapies we are attending grief therapy for losing the only family we ever had, and only support system we could count on to have in our lives.
It saddens me to admit that I do need your help. I am a resourceful and tenacious person who has worked for many years to accomplish physical and emotional safety for my whole family despite countless heartbreaks and extreme barriers. I am fiercely committed and deeply devoted to my inspiring child. My son is one very sweet, bright, sparkly, and spirited child.
Please accept this letter, for my son’s wish, for the iPod-touch, aid that he had always wish for, because music is a miracle that make all his sensory issues fade away and disappear. “Music promote relatedness, relaxation, learning and self-expression, according to new scientific research all individuals with ASD respond positively to music. It provides a bridge in a non-threatening way between people and/or between individuals and their environment, facilitating relationships, learning self-expression, and communication. Music captures and helps maintain attention, and is highly motivating and can be used as natural reinforce for desired response, combined with noise canceling headphones.” I cannot afford either one item.
I always dreamt to buy an iPod-touch for him to help him to relax and enjoy, especially for the school bus for his sensory issues, but I was never able to afford it due to unfortunate family circumstances and very limited resources.
I hope that you would be able to provide help for my son, as this IPod can change outcome of life for my son. I would be eternally grateful if you can find him a candidate worthy of assistance.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Jelena Z. Dion
Please accept our condolences on all your recent and devistating losses. We are more than happy to grant this simple wish for you and Mahail. He is beyond a worthy candidate of this small Christmas blessing. An Ipod touch with ALL accessories is on its way to your house.
Merry Christmas to you and Mahail. You remain in our prayers.
This morning we donated a truckload of toys, gifts, clothes and warm scarfs to our partners Jerry & Terry of Tri-City Boxing/Hope for needy children in Bridgeton, NJ. These two gentlemen are so committed to the children of their community. Together, we make some worthy kids very happy on Christmas morning.