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“A family with seven kids is a whole other dynamic” – Lisa Gallegos
Here’s the thing, when you have a family with special needs children in it, life is challenging; when you have seven kids and some of them have special needs – life becomes so much more complex. Just ask Lisa Gallegos, mom blogger at Seven YuckMouths & Autism and the recipient of this week’s special needs “Cause of the Week.”
Well, like most things in life it’s a long story. One I’m not going to bore you with, but will address. Because the Gallegos’ could be any of us, and could be any special needs family caught between the cruddy reality of losing a job, a home, and the life you’ve made for your family –and the needs of that family.
Desperate financial situation, including the loss of the YuckMouth Daddy … er, Roy’s job, has meant that this family of amazing kids is being forced to move, to find a new home for the dog adored by their young Racer, who has autism and formed a close bond with the dog.
While things are slowly starting to move into place, this family is still lacking the funds needed to move, and for basic little things, like, oh, toilet paper. As Lisa says in a chat message “Heck, if it (any help) buys toilet paper for a month I will be a happy camper.”
If there is one thing I have learned by trying to offer Cause of the Week causes that you and I can relate to, it’s that when one of our own needs help, this community of extraordinary special families … unique in diagnoses and circumstances but alike in a common bond forged in desperate prayers and too many doctor’s visits … this community explodes into action to try and help one of their own.
Why should you help the YuckMouths?
These are the kids you’ll be helping, in the words of their mom, Lisa:
As you can see, this is one of *those* kinds of families … the ones you can relate to, the ones you can adore, the ones who could be you. And they are hurting right now.
One other bit of love from special needs and more blogger Caryn Haluska from Living with Logan:
“Lisa is a marvel.. she never lets ‘them’ see her sweat… until she gets home to the facebook and the twitter. Which is kind of entertaining, actually. We get to see what she WANTED to say!! The woman is fierce, and proves to her family and the world that she is willing to do anything.. ANYTHING… for her yuckmouths. She is an inspiration, indeed the very definition of dedicated momma committed to doing her everything for her family.”
This week, I have a challenge for you and a way to help Lisa and her family no matter what your own situation is like right now. You should know by now, if you’ve read up on Kat’s Cafe for any length of time, that my Cause of the Week announcements are usually more of a way to raise awareness about real causes about real people, real special needs families and causes. When we care about something, we don’t let lack of money stop us from helping.
Now, of course I’m including a Chip In widget for The YuckMouths —-and whether you can give $1 or $100 you should know that this family is worthy of your saved dimes and nickels. I wouldn’t list them if they weren’t. But even if you can’t give a dime, or if you want to do something more … I’ve compiled an action list of several additional things you can do without spending a dime (okay, I lied … a couple options might require spending money … so sue me! Um … not really–I’m counting my dimes and nickels too!)