GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Loaded with boxes and singing carols, employees with Mesa Developmental Services delivered Christmas baskets across town.
One of those boxes ended up at the Salaz home. "Christmas time is always even harder especially with all the kids," says Michele Salaz.
Salaz and her husband are raising five children, one of them with a disability. "He got sick when he was four months old. So when he got sick it was like starting all over with a new born again," she says. "Emotionally it's really difficult and then financially there's a huge burden."
MDS will give 22 families like the Salaz’ a Christmas basket packed with Christmas dinner, blankets and presents. Salaz says, "Any little thing even just the little gift basket they bring for the families during the holidays is more help than anyone could ever know."
MDS started making Christmas baskets 10 years ago. "It started with a family calling up to see where they could get help for Christmas,” says Sue Thorndill.
MDS is a non–profit that provides services for children and adults with disabilities. This year Thorndill raised more than $1,000 to make the baskets. Thorndill says, "We have a wide range of volunteers and donors and its been very successfully this year. So we are able to do a larger number of families than ever have done before."
Aside from the presents that MDS gives to children with disabilities they make sure to give gift cards to other siblings in the family. "It gives the kids the Christmas they really deserve," says Salaz.