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.

Teresa Mateo Franciso, 4, jumps on the bed after she and her sisters were given "Frozen" themed balloons from friends visiting their home in Lake Worth.

Mother of six escapes abuse, works fields to support family

It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way for Margarita Francisco Jimenez. When she left Guatemala at age 18,…


Eugenio Gonzalez, 86, lost his wife of many years in December and struggles to keep up with a crumbling home in West Palm Beach, November 10, 2016.

Widower survives each day in crumbling home

Eugenio Gonzalez wishes to forget many things: the heartbreak that ended his first marriage five decades ago, the daughter…


Peter Caasi, 2, hugs his mother Hayde, at their home in West Palm Beach,. Peter is undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Boy in a ‘bubble’ fights acute leukemia

Peter Caasi is not yet 3 years old, but he can utter his West Palm Beach street address, recite…


Elyse stretches Camden's cheeks part of program to teach him how to eat. The family learned the procedures during after a two-month stay at the Alabama Children's Hospital in Birmingham recently.

Gardens boy, 5, has endured heart surgeries, stroke

Camden Schwartz seems like a happy, energetic 5-year-old boy as he plays in his backyard, and gives his mom…


Meghan Castle straps braces on her son, Gabriel for his therapy sessions at  Children's Therapies, Inc. in Jupiter, November 14, 2016.

Boy’s family struggles to keep him mobile

Meghan and Robert Castle know their 5-year-old son with severe mental and physical disabilities will always need constant care.…


Todd Cooper gives his 9-year-old son, Brandon, his dose of  Gleevec, for his leukemia. The drug costs $8,000 to $10,000 a month.

Medication costly for boy with rare form of leukemia

Three of the tiny orange pills — about $300 worth — that are saving Brandon Cooper’s life sit on…


Idi Kenner helps Charlie Williams, 17, with his hand during a family game of Uno on the dining table in their home in Riviera Beach, November 7, 2016.

Couple give up jobs to take in severely neglected nephew

When Idi and Aura Kenner agreed take in Idi’s nephew, they knew he’d been neglected and was just hours…


Holding her baby girl in her arms, Vanessa Garcia whispers soothing words in Spanish into her ear at St. Mary’s Medical Center, November 11, 2016.

Displaced mother grieves daughter’s death of liver cancer

Vanessa was having a really hard morning. “She has a lot of pain,” explained her mother, Madelin Garcia. The…


Janice Gumbs is surrounded by her six children as they watch television together in her bedroom, November 3, 2016 in West Palm Beach. Gumbs, a former school teacher was diagnosed with lung cancer that has spread throughout her body.

Mother of 9 fights aggressive lung cancer

Janice Gumbs doesn’t have much to give in terms of money, possesions or time, but she gives freely, visiting…


Richard Romero lost his vision in 2011 from Diabetes. He lives in a tiny one room apartment in West Palm Beach.

Blind, ailing, he subsists on kindness of neighbors

Richard Romero’s apartment can’t measure much more than 6 feet by 10 feet, tucked into a little street with…


Jose Escobedo, right, surrounded by his sons, Alexis Escobedo Corona, 16, left, Joshua, 12, and Julian, 11, right on the doorstep of their trailer in Belle Glade.

After wife dies, farmworker raises kids in dilapidated home

She was the love of his life, the mother of his children, the young woman he met on a…


Robby Suranyi, left and his mother, Nina Suranyi both must use wheelchairs. Robby has Cerebral Palsy and Spastic Quadriplegia and his mother is battling congestive heart failure. They live together in Wellington.

Man with cerebral palsy, mom struggle to survive

Robby Suranyi is a bit of a ladies man. He loves getting out of the house and going places…


Gabriela Lagos feeds her grandchildren, Giovanni, 1, Justin 2,  Jasmine, 7, Christian 5 in her trailer in West Palm Beach, November 10, 2016. Lagos took custody of the children because their parent's drug addiction.

Grandma gives up home to take in abandoned grandchildren

Gabriela Lagos’ grandchildren don’t have mattresses. They don’t have a bathtub. They don’t have expectations of shiny presents as…