Share the Gift of Joy
In 2009 and 2010 holiday season, the Mahina Young Charitable Fund asked friends to share the gift of joy by joining us in adopting families from Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. We accepted donations to help make their Christmas joyous and one to remember in this time of hardship. The overwhelming gifts MYCF received allowed us to provide families with presents, food, caring and hope. We are grateful to all those who joined us in spreading the meaning of the Christmas Season, LOVE.
2009 Christmas Event
MYCF and O'Connor's Restuarant sponsored a wine and hors doevres night at O'Connor's Restaurant in Multnomah Village. Guests enjoyed wine provided by Mahina and Kristen Young and hors doevres provided by O'Connors Retaurant for a suggested donation of $10.00. We were able to make Christmas joyous for 2 families.
FAMILY 1 - Jadan is 9 years old and was diagnosed with Leukemia in September of 09. He is an “amazing, compassionate and smart” boy, according to his mom who is very proud of him! He is an only child and lives with his mom and dad in Springfield. They drive to Portland for his treatments. MYCF sent them gifts for all, including a Portland Trailblazer Jersey for Jaden as well as food gift card and a gas card.
Family 2 - Irving a 5 year old boy who has already had 4 open heart surgeries. The doctors have said there is nothing else they can do to help him, except that he may eventually need a heart transplant. the fact that he’s still alive is just amazing!! Mom had to quit her job as she is often taking the boys to various doctor’s appointments. Dad is able to work some, but does not currently have regular work. They speak Spanish and English and they are a humble and sweet and very grateful family. MYCF took the family much needed clothes, gifts for all and a gift card for food and gas.
2010 Share the Gift of Joy
MYCF was able to adopt three families from Doernbecher's Children Hospital because of the generosity of all of you. Mahina and Kristen Young accepted donations at our Christmas Gala to make these families' Christmas a happy time in the midst of their physical and financial hardship.
MEET OUR FAMILIES
FAMILY 1 -Devin is 5 years old and receiving treatment at OHSU. His family lives in Washington. He has 2 sisters and a brother. We sent gifts to this family for all 6, a gas card and food gift card for their holiday meal.
FAMILY 2 -Emma is a 6-month-old girl that was admitted to Doernbecher’s at 7 weeks with Pertussis. She is back home now and recovering. She has an older brother and they live with their mom, Leslie. Leslie is a single mom and recently was diagnosed with lymphoma. She is going through treatment and at this time unable to work full time. We were able to provide gifts for all 3 of them (including some much needed clothes), food gift card and gas card.
FAMILY 3 - Joshua is 4 years old. He is recuperating from his 4th heart surgery. The first was when he was 6 months old. He lives in Portland with his 2 brothers and Mom and Dad. We provided some fun gifts for the entire family as well as including clothes, gift card for food and a gas card.