HSF Ambassador Rallies Community to Help Newborn
When the Morgans’* newborn contracted Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), the homeschooling parents of nine faced a serious compounded health challenge. Their tiny baby, who was born with Down Syndrome, was hospitalized for 23 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, resulting in impossibly high medical bills.
Home School Foundation’s Ambassador Program’s Texas ambassador, Gina Vormelker, knows just how this feels. When her twins were just a few weeks old they were diagnosed with RSV.
“I remember being so frightened that their tiny bodies would not withstand the virus, but praise God, they recovered after a month of treatment.” Vormelker recounts.
Vormelker partnered with local homeschool families and the Morgans’ neighbors to raise funds for the hospital bills. Clothes, books, and household items (some brand new) were donated for garage sales. Children from the families involved sold homemade cookies. After two weekends of sales, 100% of the proceeds were donated to the Morgan family, along with a matching HSF grant from the Texas State Ambassador Fund.
“Everyone really got in on the fun,” says Vormelker. “What a blessing it was to present the Morgans with a check to pay their medical bills!”
If you are interested in meeting the physical or financial needs of homeschooling families like the Morgans, please check out HSF’s Ambassador Program for ways you can get involved in your community.
*Name changed for privacy.