POSTED: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:51pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 5, 2011 - 2:25pm
EL PASO- The holidays can be especially tough for a child with cancer and their families. Medical bills add up as well as the time families spend in the hospital year round.
To help raise funds and get kids in the holiday spirit, Candlelighters, a non-profit organization, gives children something to look forward to by making Christmas cards.
A promise Beate Burdett made was a promise kept. "Daniel’s not going to make it and so it was my promise that we would sell out of his cards and we have," said Beate, the Development Director with Candlelighters.
Beate could not hold back her tears as she told us about a 16-year-old named Daniel. The teen who is battling cancer made one of the Christmas card. "Daniel’s in very, very critical condition right now in intensive care," said Beate."
Daniel's cared is one of six cards being sold by Candlelighters, an organization that helps more than 1200 families in the Borderland whose kids have cancer. The cards help raise funds for families during the holidays. "We provide emergency financial assistance, whether it's helping the pay rent or a car payment or just utilities or purchasing food," said Beate.
Candlelighters asks the kids they assist and their siblings to get creative with Christmas drawings. Judges pick the top ones and turn the drawings into cards to sell.
"They’re beautiful cards. Each one is an original piece of art," said Beate. "The kids are so thrilled when their cards get picked and they see them for the first time."
One titled "Wish Granting Fairy" was made by Aime, a second grader whose sister is in remission. "I colored the hair blue because I like the color blue and I colored the wings," said Aime. "My mom said she wanted to hang it up in the living room."
Each card has the picture of the child who made it and their story on the back. Beate says she hopes that you open your heart and send your loved ones a card that will help a family in need this holiday season.
"When I told Daniel that we sold out of his, he said be sure to tell everybody these are my friends and we need to sell their cards as well. So I promised him, we'll sell them all, every single one of them," said Beate.
100 % of the money made on the cards goes back to the families because sponsors pay for the paper and cost of printing. The cards, which come in packs of 20, cost $20 dollars. For more information on ordering the cards visit www.Candlelighterselp.org