If we know Aaron Watson like we think we do, we know this picture will touch his heart and remind him why he does what he does. We are thankful for his love for the Lord, his family devotion, and following his heart. Our families share a journey of beautiful girls with Trisomy. This picture was captured by a complete stranger sitting behind Clyde and Clay at the 2017 rodeo as Aaron sang Bluebonnets, the song written about his little girl Julia. The lady was so touched by their emotion, she took a picture.
Who knows, maybe Abby and Julia know each other in heaven. We hope they do. We hope they are proud of those of us left behind working with all our heart to move forward, touch...
How does Abby’s Gift determine who gets assistance?
Assistance provided to a child/family is based solely upon recommendations from the child's physician, hospice nurse, social worker, case manager, or pediatric specialist. Since the social workers and their teams have worked with the families, many times for months or years, they know their circumstances and most immediate needs. This makes our job easy because we do not have to determine if the needs are truly valid or not as they have already been evaluated by their healthcare representative.
Does Abby’s Gift help everyone? All children/families are welcome; however, not all families need us. Over the last five years, 100% o...
When Clyde and Melinda Gordon learned in 2010 that they would welcome a second child, they were overjoyed. The couple had hoped and longed for a baby, and her life was an answered prayer. The family’s joy, however, was tempered when early blood screenings and subsequent prenatal testing confirmed that the baby had a chromosomal abnormality called Trisomy 18, or Edwards Syndrome.
Trisomy syndromes occur when a chromosome in each cell of a person’s body replicates into a set of three, rather than the usual pair. (Another well-known Trisomy is Down syndrome, or Trisomy 21). For babies with Edwards...
Love Has Come is comprised of blog posts, short stories, and personal experiences written during and after Abby’s life. We believe God doesn’t bless us simply to bless us. He gives a blessing to us so that the blessing can pass through us onto others. This book is another way we can pass on His blessings.
Although we may not know if the waters will be shallow, calm, peaceful or deep, rough, or treacherous, we pray this book helps others, in their grief, to pull up the anchor, push off from the dock, and set their vessel into forward position to share their blessings.
We know that the lessons learned in each individual journey will encourage others who are going through similar...
Months after Abby died, Ashlin scribbled this story onto a legal pad. She expressed beautifully, in the simple words of an 8-year-old, how to help other kids through their grief. And so, The Story of Hope was born.
And just as exciting is the endorsement from Dr Tom Blackaby- best-selling author, speaker:
“It is tough for parents to manage our own grief much less be emotionally present for helping our children
through theirs. This book comes from a child who has stared loss, grief, anger, and pain in the face and held
her ground. This book will start the conversation when words don’t come easily and will give your child
In the last 60 days, assistance to kids and their families has rapidly increased and the funds need to keep pace. Abby's Gift is proving to be a huge need in the community and is filling a gap that no one knew existed.
Since January 1, 2016, $43,762 has been used to assist 102 children (72 of those being funerals/cremations.) We currently receive 3 − 6 requests per week from children’s hospitals and pediatric hospices across the USA. The average assistance ranges from $350 − $1,000 per child, as all circumstances and needs are different.
The foundation continues to run with no facility overhead or salaries so what you see in our funds is what we've got...minus some postage and...