Operation Wish List: Family bounces their way back to happy times

NewsChannel 3 is taking action for Operation Wish List in support of hundreds of kids who live in homeless shelters in Hampton Roads!

If we don’t get results, many of them will wake up Christmas morning in shelters or transitional housing without a toy of their own.

All this week, Barbara Ciara has been sharing the stories of these families whose parents were working one day and homeless the next.

Courtney, John, and lovely one-year-old Lillian have bounced their way back to happy times.

Not so long ago, this family was in crisis.

“You go somewhere and they tell you, ‘You can’t stay here,’ and you call family and friends and you can’t stay here,” says John.

The song in their heart was fading.

“A lot of people take for granted that it could happen to anybody,” says Courtney.

“My family, my life was in jeopardy,” says John.

The Dwelling Place Homeless Shelter took in the entire family, keeping them together and keeping them intact.  And for the first time in a long time, it made John feel needed.

“And being the only guy I had to keep busy to stay away from all these women,” says John.

John, Courtney, and Lillian have moved into transitional housing now, and take on the daily worries of how to furnish their small apartment. They come back to the Dwelling Place to thank the folks who gave them their fresh start, and they thanked Lilly for giving them a reason to sing again.

The average age of a homeless person in Hampton is 9-years-old?  They don’t know why mom and dad fell on hard times, so let’s make a difference with Operation Wish List.

We’re pulling together several sponsors on Friday! Harrison’s Moving and Storage and Southern Bank will join us as we take action to ‘fill the truck’ at 1304 Greenbrier Parkway in Chesapeake.

We’re kicking it off early with Blaine Stewart and the morning team at 5 a.m.

We hope you’ll join us!

If you would like to donate, click here. 

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