Granting Christmas Wishes

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 8:28am

Program works to provide gifts that can change the lives of those in need.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is kicking off "Operation Santa Cause" and there are several families in Jacksonville that need your generosity.

"You've got so many people right now who are working and they are working very hard to put food on their table, but they are still in poverty because unfortunately, they are not able to pay for the necessities to live. So we want to do more to assist them," says John Harrell with DCF.

So DCF is reaching out to the community to help make some Christmas wishes come true.

For Peggy Lott and her son, James, one gift could change the way they communicate.

"I found out when he was three that he was going to be some kind of handicapped, but we just weren't sure what kind. Then when he was 10, we finally found out what he had," tells Peggy.

Her now 18-year-old son James has muscular dystrophy. He can't walk or speak and has limited use of his hands and feet, but a teacher at his school figured out a way to better communicate with James using an iPad app.

"If he needs to go to the bathroom, he could just point to bathroom [picture] or eat or drink or sleep. He could just point to what he needs," explains Peggy.

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