Nominees

The Palm Beach Post launched its annual holiday campaign, Season to Share, in 1995. Each year, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the paper and website tell the stories of more than a dozen struggling families who have been nominated by local charitable organizations. Readers are invited to contribute money, merchandise and services to help them.

Thank you for sharing.

  • Rosanna Montez helps her daughter Maggie eat via her feeding tube on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in their home in Boynton Beach, Florida. (Calla Kessler / The Palm Beach Post)

    Health is fragile and finances thin, but love abounds

    A shy smile crossed Maggie Rose Montez’s face on a Tuesday night in her family’s Boynton Beach living room as she pushed strands from her black and sea green ombre wig away from her eyes. Her sister, Abigail, says Maggie Rose’s wigs are like mood rings. And this one? “This is the one she wears …

  • Jeffrey Lopez sits in his wheelchair on the porch of his home on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Calla Kessler / The Palm Beach Post)

    Family pitches in to help lift boy from crippling condition

    With the sound of every piano key inside a mobile home on a recent November morning, a deep bond is evident between brother and sister. As she plays, he listens. When she smiles, he smiles even bigger. Jeffrey Lopez, 12, was born with cerebral palsy. The condition affects his body movements, muscle control, reflex, posture, learning abilities, …

  • Terrance rests his head in his palm while Jakyla refuses to eat dinner at the table on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Florida. She wanted to eat in her room so she could watch her TV show simultaneously. (Calla Kessler / The Palm Beach Post)

    West Palm uncle steps up to raise his late sister’s three kids

    Life changes. Quickly. Sometimes, too fast. Ask Terrance Williams — he knows all too well. His mom, Ruth McMahon, died in December at age 60 of congestive heart failure. The death hit hard, like a sucker punch in the gut. “We were so close,” Williams says. Then, five months later, his sister, Joiette Pitts died …

  • Alejandra Mendez-Roblero (9), Adicruz Roblero (5) and Elder Zacarias Velasquez (2) color in their home on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Calla Kessler / The Palm Beach Post)

    Honor roll student has big dreams amid chaotic life

    As she watches her three children play on the living room floor, Karina Roblero, 27, smiles. Her family lives in a small, one-bedroom apartment off Broadway Avenue, where passing cars toss their garbage at the footsteps of their home. They don’t have much, just a couple of chairs and a cluttered dining room table that …

  • Juana Ramirez carries her son Raul, 12, out of bed on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Belle Glade, Florida. Raul has cerebral palsy. (Calla Kessler / The Palm Beach Post)

    Farmworker’s wife raises 2 children with cerebral palsy

    “Lazy” was the word a doctor used to described Raul Jr. when his mother, Juana Ramirez, brought him in, concerned her son was not developing at the expected pace. Something about the word didn’t sit well with her. How could it be so simple? She had noticed her son was incapable of doing what other …

  • Joanne gives her mother her daily eyedrops she must receive three times a day on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in their home in Delray, Florida. (Calla Kessler / The Palm Beach Post)

    Generous high school student is ailing mother’s caregiver

    Single mother Jocelyne Cius worked two jobs before a 2010 diagnosis of diabetes and hypertension led to the amputations of one hand and five toes and the loss of sight in one eye. At 53, she is on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. “My eyes can barely see,” she said in Haitian creole, …

  • Kari holds Jacob and comforts Kylie in the waiting room of the doctor's office on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Calla Kessler / The Palm Beach Post)

    Second-time mom raises three disabled kids in small trailer

    It’s a wonder how a single mom who has three kids with multiple disabilities and illnesses gets any sleep. On a recent night, Kari Safran was awakened when her 3-year-old son spewed vomit all over his sheets and carpets. Jacob, who has bronchiectasis, also needed a nebulizer treatment for a case of chronic coughing. Awake …