GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — The Salvation Army launched their Ring in a Miracle campaign Wednesday. The organization gets almost 80 percent of its funding from donations made during the holiday season. Those donations help families like Gwendolyn Schalk’s. Nothing could have prepared her for what life had in store this past year.
“We were shocked to say the least,” Schalk recalls of the moment she and her husband, Trace, learned they were expecting triplets. The couple was still reeling from the news when Mother Nature delivered a blow to their family and so many others. Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. “My husband was doing some contracting work down there and because of the hurricane, the contracts dried up.” On top of that, back home in Georgetown, Gwendolyn had some work limitations because of her pregnancy. As bills piled up, the family asked the Salvation Army for help.
“No one ever plans on being in the position that we found ourselves in. We certainly didn’t. We thought we had enough cushion,” says Schalk. The Salvation Army is helping keep the growing family afloat by covering bills and rent. They now have three healthy babies–Raven, Fiona and Chase–and the support they need to get by during the holidays. “Christmas does that–it gives you the relief of having worked hard all year long and trying your best and sometimes things happen but that doesn’t mean that people don’t deserve to have joy,” says Schalk.
You can donate to the Ring in a Miracle campaign throughout the Christmas season.
Look for the sign at the checkout counter at HEB and you can pick whether to donate $1, $3 or $5