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2020 WISH LIST RAISES MORE THAN $116,000 FOR PEOPLE IN NEED

April 29, 2021
Photo Credit: Danielle Stallworth and her children, from left, Jewels, Zion and Korri. .

Danielle Stallworth knows the sadness of losing her 15-month-old daughter Kassidy, who died in April 2018 from injuries suffered at the hands of her father’s brother, now imprisoned. 

But Stallworth, who is 27, also knows the goodness in people’s hearts. That reminder came this winter after people read her story in the Wish List, the annual holiday fundraising campaign sponsored by The Cincinnati Enquirer in conjunction with United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Readers responded with donations to fulfill the wishes of Stallworth and her children — Jewels, 8; Zion, 5; and Korri, 3.

“The Wish List meant everything to me and my children,” Stallworth said. “It gave me a chance to give my children what I always wanted them to have and what they deserve to have, because they have been through so much.”

Although no one can grant her children their most fervent wish — to have their sister back — Wish List donors made possible the purchase of new bedding sets, a kitchen table and chairs, rugs, end tables, beanbag chairs, and throw pillows. Several other items, including pots and pans, are on order.

In addition, the children received toys. “I’m a big fan of dinosaurs,” Zion said, showing off the chomping ability of his plastic Tyrannosaurus rex. He also got a rideable truck. Jewels was happy to receive art supplies and a jewelry maker, while Korri now has baby dolls and accessories. 

When the family moved into their Sedamsville apartment last May, “I didn’t really have anything,” said Stallworth, a state-tested nursing assistant who took a call center job during the pandemic so she could be at home with her children. Now, “It’s starting to feel like a home.” 

The total raised for the 2020 Wish List was $116,669, more than any year since 2015, and more than enough to fulfill the wishes of all eight families and individuals whose stories appeared in The Enquirer in December. Remaining funds will be used to assist other needy people. 

Since the Wish List began in 1987, more than $4 million has been donated. Individuals and families in need are nominated for the program by nonprofit agencies and partners affiliated with United Way.

“The longstanding success of the Wish List reflects the generosity of people in our community and their willingness to brighten the lives of families who are less fortunate,” said Moira Weir, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “We are grateful to The Enquirer for partnering with us on this effort.”

Other Wish List stories included Antyiah Bell and her 6-year-old daughter, Amourah, who has been paralyzed and nonverbal since suffering a traumatic brain injury in a 2015 car crash. Thanks to Wish List donors, Amourah received a text-to-speech iPad Pro and a medical bed. 

The iPad is used frequently. Bell downloaded apps so that Amourah can listen to music and hear books read aloud. “I put it close to her, so when she moves her hand, she can touch the screen. When she touches the screen, it changes the book or turns the page,” her mother says. “She smiles; she laughs.

“I’m glad there are people out there who helped with something like that.”

Wish List donors also helped budding artist Jamel Taylor, 10, who is legally blind as a result of a rare eye disorder. He received an iPad-based portable video magnifier and art supplies.

Others whose wishes have been granted or soon will be:

  • Jacob Gabbard, a 3-year-old with neurological disorders, received a swimming vest, hammock chair stand and chair swing, and other items.
  • Ariel Watkins, a 34-year-old working single mother, has begun receiving her wishes of household items, clothing, and furniture. She has struggled financially as she juggles a job with caring for her boys, ages 6 and 4, who have attention deficit hyperactivity and anger disorders.
  • Judy Roth, who is 76 and is challenged by medical issues that make it difficult for her to stand without help, will receive a power lift chair, which has been ordered.
  • Jackie Fraszier, 32, a single mother of two who is pursuing a college degree, will receive a variety of products to help her 5-year-old son, who has low-functioning autism. The products are designed to soothe and calm, develop motor skills, and improve communication skills.
  • Emma Helphenstine, 15, will receive a customized manual wheelchair that will help her as she deals with a variety of health issues. Insurance would pay only a portion of the wheelchair’s cost; Wish List donations are covering the rest.

 

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