Day after day, Angie Morales faces the hardships of a single mother in a tough economic situation. One month, she doesn't know how she will pay for the shoes her eldest daughter needs. Another, she wages a telephone battle with a health insurance company that refuses to pay for her son's speech therapy. Recently, the fees for the kids' buses went up.
The moment Maria Perez read the inspiring account of Wildine Aumoithe, she added her name to her family’s Christmas gift list. Same story for Leda L. Falero, a retired teacher who was moved by “this incredible young lady.’’
Less than a year ago, 11-year-old Maykel Sosa was riding his bicycle around his native city of Matanzas, Cuba. His parents had a successful business selling sweets and had the required government license. But the police would not leave them alone.
Reshelle Burns Davis learned her survival skills growing up in a family of eight children in Liberty City. Mom was a public school teacher; dad cooked for Amtrak. When they weren’t home, she often had to look after her siblings.
Kimbalee Gentle’s 13-year-old daughter, Kayla, has been putting away $5 and $10 weekly gifts from her beloved uncle Rion ever since Kimbalee was diagnosed with breast cancer last June. She has $200 saved up and recently asked her mother what she’d like for Christmas.
Since she began going blind, Jeanette Saffold has been evicted and abandoned by her family, and often lived on the streets, which fade into a frightening blur on cloudy days. Last June, her daughter put Saffold, 58, out of the house, leaving her alone on the street at night.
On the road to recovery, FIU student Jazzmin Peluchette has slowly regained vision and mobility following a severe seizure related to her rare autoimmune disorder. Peluchette was featured in the 2013 Wish Book project.
Video: Jazzmin Peluchette updates Wish Book readers on her progress