"Carlson Cares" delivers Christmas miracles to 3 Texas families

With the launch of the Carlson Cares program, The Carlson Law Firm has raised money for shelters, given back-to-school supplies to children, and served meals to local families.

On November 15, The Carlson Law Firm asked for nominations of people in need of a Christmas Miracle. Within days, the firm received hundreds of worthy applications. The Carlson Law Firm was so overwhelmed with the response that instead of blessing just one family with a Carlson Christmas Miracle, they decided to select three. Here are their stories:

Erica from San Antonio

Erica found herself and her children in search of a new place to live after fleeing an abusive relationship.

On top of that, a cancer diagnosis and subsequent illness left her unable to work. With the help of community resources, she along with her children were able to move into a new apartment in San Antonio. However, for months, they lived without furniture and slept on the floor.

Currently, she is in remission after a battle with colon cancer and recovering from a splenectomy after doctors found an aneurysm in her spleen. Day in and day out, Erica woke up to take care of her children and her grandson. However, because of her weakened immune system she has to wear a face mask that she has to wear for the rest of her life.

When The Carlson Law Firm began asking for submissions for A Carlson Christmas Miracle, an anonymous source responded with her story and a simple request for beds for each member of Erica's family.

The Carlson Law Firm decided to furnish Erica’s apartment with queen beds, mattresses, box springs, and dressers. Additionally, the family received a Christmas tree and Christmas presents for all four children. The firm also provided the family with a $100 H-E-B gift card to purchase their Christmas dinner.

Amy from Austin

Amy, her husband, and four kids moved to Austin for a better life after her husband accepted a job. However, shortly after the move, her husband suffered a stroke, which put him out of work. Amy also deals with health issues that have kept her from working. While the family is regaining their footing through her husband’s temporary work, Amy was unsure if she would be able to give her kids a Christmas this year.

She wrote to the Carlson Cares Christmas Miracle asking for nothing more than gifts for her four children ages 6, 7, 8, and 17. In her letter, she described her dread going to the store at the time of year knowing that her four kids will ask if Santa can bring them certain items for Christmas. Deep down, Amy knew that they would not be able to purchase any gifts this year.

On December 14, The Carlson Law Firm went to the family’s home to drop off a Christmas tree, Christmas decorations, and gifts for all of their children. Each of Amy’s children got everything they wished for on their Christmas list. The firm surprised the family with an H-E-B gift card and a check to cover the family’s rent for January.

Mary from Lubbock

Carlson Cares delivered a Christmas Miracle to a Lubbock grandmother raising her four grandchildren. Just as winter weather began to move in, the gas company was forced to cut off Mary’s gas in October because of a gas line leak.

With dipping temperatures leading to snow storms, the family endured some of Lubbock’s coldest nights without central heat. They had to rely on their microwave to eat because Mary has been unable to use her range stove. While Mary has worked hard all of her life, a workplace injury put her out of a job. Unfortunately, she has spent the last several months supporting her grandchildren on a limited income. As a result, she has been unable to afford the gas leak repair costs.

In mid-November, The Carlson Law Firm announced that it was accepting nominations for its first annual Carlson Christmas Miracle. In response to the firm’s call for submissions, Mary decided to ask for a simple miracle: feed the kids Christmas dinner.

Rather than just give Mary a dinner for one day, The Carlson Law Firm decided to fix the problem. The firm coordinated with a local plumbing company to go to Mary’s home to repair the gas line. The firm also asked Mary for a Christmas wish list from each of her grandchildren, ages 2, 8, 10 and 14, and fulfilled each child’s Christmas wish list.

On December 18, Carlson Law Firm’s Managing Partner Craig Carlson joined Lubbock attorney Russell Shrauner to make the special delivery to Mary’s home. Carlson and Shrauner delivered the gifts for each child, a special gift for Mary to open on Christmas Day and a gift card to a local grocery store to cover the costs of Christmas dinner for Mary and her grandchildren.

About Carlson Cares

With the launch of the Carlson Cares program, The Carlson Law Firm has raised money for shelters, given back-to-school supplies to children, and served meals to local families. The Carlson Law Firm has much more in store for 2019, and they look forward to seeing their neighbors, friends, and family.

To learn more, visit www.carlsonattorneys.com.