What is 15 Wishes?
This year, we launched 15 Wishes to bless our community in our 15th year. God is already changing lives through our church. Watch the stories below and praise God for all He is doing.
The Patterson Family
Ashley was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She advocates for everyone, sees the good in others, and has a positive outlook on life. She previously worked as a nurse. She was nominated by 13 of her Ladies and Latte small group members. Ashley believes in never giving up. We were able to provide her with treatment airfare costs, rent, gift cards for dinner, and a photo session.
In 2014 Kristina gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Lucas. Shortly after Lucas was born she noticed something wasn’t right. After countless trips across the country to see specialists, Lucas was diagnosed with mast cell activation syndrome. In attempt to save his life, Kristina had to drastically restrict her diet, because of this diet and physical demand, she suffered a massive brain-stem stoke and is now diagnosed with locked-in syndrome. Because of your generosity we began a home expansion project making their family home handicap accessible for Kristina and Lucas.
The Arcadi Family
At the age of 24 Matt was in an accident that caused him to be paralyzed from the waist down. Because of your giving we were able to bless the Arcadi family by remodeling their bathroom so Matt has the ability to access it in a safe way.
Priscilla (pictured with deceased husband) serves faithfully through Bayside at our Adopt-a-block outreach on Saturday mornings, leading Care small groups, and gives to other selflessly. We were able to bless her with much needed home repairs- a new outside paint job and a kitchen remodel.
The Davis Family
The Doyle Family
Floyd is co-founder of the Manatee Bulls Football & Cheer league. He started this organization to help at risk youth as a result of seeing 3 teens killed due to drugs and gang violence. His league was in desperate need of new equipment. Because of your generosity we were able to give them a check for $10,000 to buy new uniforms and helmets for the children.
Jenny is a wonderful mother, of four beautiful children, who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. As wish #11 her and her family were able to get away for a 4 night stay at an Airbnb over Thanksgiving. They were able to spend quality time together at Weeki Watchee State Park, kayaking and riding their bikes. We were also able to provide them with a Thanksgiving meal from Cracker Barrel.
Linda Strickland & Linda Rogers
Both mother and daughter have been diagnosed with cancer. Linda Strickland’s treatment is no longer working. Because of your giving we are able to send them to Hawaii in January for a well deserved vacation. This includes airplane tickets, a 7 day hotel stay, a luau dinner, fern grotto tour, and one day tour of Hawaii.
The Mitchell Family
Willie and Valencia were nominated because of their generosity to others. They are known for their selfless and caring hearts, constantly sacrificing their own needs to help others. Because of your giving we were able to send them on a 5-day Royal Caribbean cruise to Haiti and Jamaica.
Easterseals provides exceptional services, education, outreach and advocacy so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. They were in great need for new AC units in their facility. Because of your giving we were able to bless them with a check for $7000 to purchase the new units.
The Padro Family
Carmen and her three children lost their husband and father due to a tragic situation. They were living with Carmen’s mother when they were told they had to leave because it was a 55+ community. Because of your generosity we were able to provide two months rent for the family to move into a new apartment. We were also able to bless them with “Christmas”: a Christmas tree and presents including electronics, toys, and games.