Winners

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Recent Winners

Recent Winners

Our recent winners all had dreams that were special to them. The stories below show what it's like when dreams come true!

  • Anita Autry Anita Autry A Canine Helper for My Son
  • Silverio Herrera Silverio Herrera Achieving the American Dream
Anita Autry

We are a small family of 3 which contains a special child, our son, Anton Jr. The county we currently reside in is Bladen County. Bladen County does not offer any assistance for individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Our son was diagnosed with ASD in September 2013, not to mention other disorders he has.

Anton Jr. is 10 years old and is very intelligent with technology devices. He communicates with others by typing but when talking to us he whispers quietly. Public outings are not good; every day is a challenge. Most of the time, my husband and I take turns with appointments and grocery shopping due to our son's severe anxiety of people, noises, places, and sensitivities (light/sound). He cannot sleep without either one of us being beside him.

My dream is to use the funds for the purchase of a service dog. They will provide our child the support and emotional security he truly needs. An Autism Service Dog will provide substantial support for everyday living. The service dog will offer comfort from the anxiety and coping with life issues that affects him significantly.

The gift of receiving these funds for our son will mean so much to our him (Anton Autry, Jr.) and us. Words cannot fully express our gratitude in being able to obtain a godly act of kindness. Thank you for providing the possibility of making this dream a reality.

- Anita Autry A Canine Helper for My Son
Silverio Herrera

My husband is the hardest worker I know. Originally from Mexico, he has worked hard to learn the skill of laying concrete for the last 11 years. He works 70-80 hours a week in the hot sun, often without a lunch break as he is so busy. After getting his residency several years back, his dream was to own his own concrete company. We were on the way to making that dream a reality when our then 20‑month old son was diagnosed with cancer.

Through 3 1/2 years of treatment, and now 2 years after treatment, my husband has worked tirelessly to pay for medical bills, traveling to specialists and supporting our family. He has obtained insurance for business and does side work for homeowners on the side on the weekend just so I can stay home and take my son to the myriad of medical appointments he has as he now has severe Intractable Epilepsy from his chemo treatments.

Slowly my husband has started saving again to launch his own company. He wants to be his own boss and bring in more income so he can make sure that we are always secure and I can continue to stay home with our 6 year old son and 5 year old daughter to just concentrate on them and their health. The biggest obstacle he faces is buying heavy equipment to be able to contract out his services. Specifically a Skid Steer. We have some money saved, yet in need of more to be able to buy a quality used Skid Steer which is pertinent to a business in concrete. A grant of 10K to help be able to purchase a Skid Steer would ensure that he could finally begin to contract out his services, make a higher income, and ultimately spend more time with his family.

He came here for the American Dream so many years ago, and he is determined to obtain that dream, along with the dream of getting his Citizenship soon. He is proud to be able to pursue that dream with hard work and optimism, and show our children, especially our son, that no matter what happens in life, if you work hard you will prosper. Thank you for the opportunity to help my husband make his dream...OUR dream a reality!

- Silverio Herrera Achieving the American Dream

Summer 2017 Winners

Anita Autry
Anita Autry A Canine Helper for My Son

We are a small family of 3 which contains a special child, our son, Anton Jr. The county we currently reside in is Bladen County. Bladen County does not offer any assistance for individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Our son was diagnosed with ASD in September 2013, not to mention other disorders he has.

Anton Jr. is 10 years old and is very intelligent with technology devices. He communicates with others by typing but when talking to us he whispers quietly. Public outings are not good; every day is a challenge. Most of the time, my husband and I take turns with appointments and grocery shopping due to our son's severe anxiety of people, noises, places, and sensitivities (light/sound). He cannot sleep without either one of us being beside him.

My dream is to use the funds for the purchase of a service dog. They will provide our child the support and emotional security he truly needs. An Autism Service Dog will provide substantial support for everyday living. The service dog will offer comfort from the anxiety and coping with life issues that affects him significantly.

The gift of receiving these funds for our son will mean so much to our him (Anton Autry, Jr.) and us. Words cannot fully express our gratitude in being able to obtain a godly act of kindness. Thank you for providing the possibility of making this dream a reality.

Silverio Herrera
Silverio Herrera Achieving the American Dream

My husband is the hardest worker I know. Originally from Mexico, he has worked hard to learn the skill of laying concrete for the last 11 years. He works 70-80 hours a week in the hot sun, often without a lunch break as he is so busy. After getting his residency several years back, his dream was to own his own concrete company. We were on the way to making that dream a reality when our then 20‑month old son was diagnosed with cancer.

Through 3 1/2 years of treatment, and now 2 years after treatment, my husband has worked tirelessly to pay for medical bills, traveling to specialists and supporting our family. He has obtained insurance for business and does side work for homeowners on the side on the weekend just so I can stay home and take my son to the myriad of medical appointments he has as he now has severe Intractable Epilepsy from his chemo treatments.

Slowly my husband has started saving again to launch his own company. He wants to be his own boss and bring in more income so he can make sure that we are always secure and I can continue to stay home with our 6 year old son and 5 year old daughter to just concentrate on them and their health. The biggest obstacle he faces is buying heavy equipment to be able to contract out his services. Specifically a Skid Steer. We have some money saved, yet in need of more to be able to buy a quality used Skid Steer which is pertinent to a business in concrete. A grant of 10K to help be able to purchase a Skid Steer would ensure that he could finally begin to contract out his services, make a higher income, and ultimately spend more time with his family.

He came here for the American Dream so many years ago, and he is determined to obtain that dream, along with the dream of getting his Citizenship soon. He is proud to be able to pursue that dream with hard work and optimism, and show our children, especially our son, that no matter what happens in life, if you work hard you will prosper. Thank you for the opportunity to help my husband make his dream...OUR dream a reality!