BJ & Jamie are hosting the 6th annual Giving Tree!
This year, the BJ & Jamie Morning Show, along with generous Alice listeners are helping 20 families who are having a tough time making ends meet this holiday season. Read below to see the stories of the families that need our help this holiday season.
ALL 20 FAMILIES HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
Cord, Ocean, Deshon, Zane, Tatiana, Ashlynn- ADOPTED
The Story: It’s been a rough year for us, but our kids have stayed happy and positive throughout the tough times. We have four adopted kids (one grown), two biological kids, and custody of our grandson. Our grandson, Deshon, fell from a window and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Children's ages: Cord - 18 mos, Ocean - 4, Deshon - 5, Zane - 12, Tatiana - 15, Ashlynn - 16
Specific toy requests: Cord - keys, Ocean - doll, Deshon - truck, Zane - RC car, Tatiana - make-up, Ashlynn - make-up
Shoe sizes: Cord - 7, Ocean - 12, Deshon - 13, Zane - 9.5, Tatiana - 9, Ashlynn - 11
Clothing sizes: Cord - 3T, Ocean - Shirt 7/pant 6, Deshon - shirt 6/pant 5, Zane - men's small, Tatiana - 3/sm, Ashlynn - 13/lg
Children's favorite colors: Cord - blue, Ocean - pink, Deshon - red, Zane - blue, Tatiana - red, Ashlynn - bright green
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Cord - Spongebob, Ocean - Dora, Deshon - Diego, Zane - Pokemon, Tatiana - basketball and track, Ashlynn - Basketball
The story: My daughter is a very young mother of a 11 month old boy and is pregnant with her second child (Baby Aria)any day now. Her boyfriend was unemployed until recently getting a job where he works nights for little pay, but he is grateful for a job. They struggle every month. I try to help with necessities, diaper etc. but there is not extras for toys and clothing. Help would be great!
Toy Requests: Baby toys 1 year - 2 years in age
Shoe Sizes: for a 1-year-old & newborn
Clothing Sizes: 18 to 24 months boys. Newborn to 6 months girls.
Favorite TV show: Spongebob Squarepants
Ages: Alexia - 13, Jazlin - 5
Specific Toy Requests: Alexia has only asked victoria secret "pink" sweats and a new phone. Jazlin loves anything girly!
Shoe Sizes: Alexia - womens 10, Jazlin - toddler 11
Clothing Sizes: Alexia - junior 11 pants and L or XL shirt, Jazlin 5t
Favorite Colors: Alexia loves blue, Jazlin loves pink
Favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Jazlin loves spongebob and all the barbie/monster high movies. she loves new books and kid board games. Alexia loves scary movies. She loves photography and make up!
Elijah, Joshua, Zachariah, Aneesa, Layla, Naiya - ADOPTED
The Story: Three months ago I picked up my daughter from Arizona along with her six children and all her belongings and took them from an abusing relationship. I told him if he touched again I will pick up my family. they were getting evicted, he was not working! I wish I could give these kids everything they want for Christmas, but the move took a lot of our savings. We all live in a 2-bedroom condo. We manage. They are happier with us. Elijah is hearing impaired and attends a special school in Colorado Springs,in which he goes to school Monday thru Friday and comes for the weekend. Thanks for reading, Mario.
Children's ages: Elijah 14, Joshua 9, Zachariah 8, Aneesa 3, Layla 2, Naiya 6 months
Specific toy requests for each child: Elijah- basketball shoes / Joshua-nintendo ds lite / Zacharaih game for xbox360 / Aneesa-dolls / Layla-play cookware / Naiya-walker, anything broncos
Shoe sizes: Elijah 11, Josh 6, Zach 5, Aneesa 3, Layla 2, Naiya 6 months
Elijah-mens medium / Josh-10 / Zach-9 / Aneesa-3 / Layla-2 / Naiya- 6 months
Children's favorite colors:
Elijah-black, Josh-navy blue, Zach-green, Aneesa-pink, Layla-purple, Naiya-pink
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies:
Dora, Men in bBack, Avengers, Amazing Spiderman, Batman Rises
Dillon, Hunter and Cole - ADOPTED
The Story: It has been hard this year trying to make ends meet. I have been trying to find full time work or another part time job that would give me more hours. My boyfriend, Cole's father, Ben Meyer has taken on the soul provider of paying the rent and the bills. We have had to make several trips to the local food banks just to be able to have any food in the house. I am so stressed and worried that none of my kids will have anything under the tree for Christmas. My oldest boy Dillon has been living with his father at least for the school year. I have found a new job but still part time and more hours but not many.
Children's Ages: Dillon - 15, Hunter - 13, Cole - 2
Specific Toy Requests: Dillon and Hunter both would like gift cards. Cole likes Mickey Mouse, LIghtning McQueen, block puzzles, Buzz and Woody.
Shoe Sizes: Dillon - 12, Hunter - 11, Cole - 9
Clothing Sizes: Dillon - Shirt L/XL and 33/34 or 34/34 mens pants, Hunter - Shirt L/XL and 32/30 or 32/32 boys pants, Cole - 3T/4T
Favorite Colors: Dillon - blue, Hunter - orange, Cole - red or purple
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Dillon- sports, movies; Hunter - action movies/ gold rush; Cole - Mickey Mouse, Buzz, Woody, Lighting McQueen.
Mariyah and Noah - ADOPTED
The Story: Steph is an amazing single mom. She works so hard to provide for her children & always wears a smile. She will go out of her way to help anyone and I feel she deserves to be able to give her children the very best this holiday season!aSteph is an amazing single mom. She works so hard to provide for her children & always wears a smile. She will go out of her way to help anyone and I feel she deserves to be able to give her children the very best this holiday season!
Ages: Mariyah - 6, Noah - 3
Specific Toy Requests: Mariyah would love a Nintendo DS, Lalaloopsy doll and anything Princess Aurora. Noah would love remote control car, anything Batman, Spiderman and Ninja Turtles.
Shoe Sizes: Mariyah - 12/13, Noah - 8
Clothing Sizes: Mariyah wears size girls 7/8 in clothes. Noah wears size 4T in clothes.
Favorite Colors: Mariyah loves pink & purple. Noah loves green & blue.
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Mariyah loves the move Brave and Dream Lite. She also loves doing any arts/crafts. Noah loves all sports, but football is his favorite.
Nataleigh and Mackenzee - ADOPTED
The Story: I want my kids to have the best Christmas and I am unable to give this to them without some help. They mean the world to me and I just want to see them happy.
Ages: Nataleigh - 4, Mackenzee - 1
Shoe sizes: Nataleigh - 10, Mackenzee - 7
Clothing Sizes: Nataleigh - shirts 6, pants 5t; Mackenzee - shirt 4t pants, 24 months
Favorite colors: Nataleigh - pink, purple and blue. Mackenzee - pink and purple
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Both girls love Word World, they love all kids movies.
Jasmine, Joseph, Jeremy, Jessica, Michiah - ADOPTED
The Story: Hard to do in 50 words. We've had a horrible year and would like the kids to have a decent xmas. My daughter was molested by a family friend. It was on the news which has made it harder. So we've been in and out of court all this year, lost our home, my mom became very ill and passed away the day after my 13-year -old that was abused birthday. I could not find a job, which thanks to god I am now working but don't make enough to even cover bills. We've had a horrible heartbreaking year I would like my children to have one good memory this year and unfortunately I can't afford Christmas and would greatly appreciate any help.
Children's ages: Jasmine - 13, Joseph - 12, Jeremy - 11, Jessica - 7, Michiah - 6
Specific Toy Requests: Jasmine - drawing set, Joseph - lego building set, Jeremy - skateboard, Jessica - pillow pet night light, Michiah - pillow pet night light
Shoe sizes: Jasmine 8.5, Joseph 8.5, Jeremy 6
Clothing sizes: Jasmine - med shirt, 2 pants; Joseph - 14 pants, large shirt; Jeremy - 12 pants, med shirt; Jessica - 7 both; Michiah - 6 both
Favorite Colors: Jasmine - purple, Joseph - red, Jeremy - purple, Jessica - pink/purple, Michiah - red
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: phineas and ferb, mickey mouse, cars, all disney movies kids love sports love baseball, basketball tetherball anything outdoors, they love building and drawing as well
Logan and Landyn - ADOPTED
The Story: My daughter is a single mom who lost her dad, found out she has the same disease that killed him, and was laid off. She had knee surgery and they are incredible little boys. I was diagnosed with cancer. I just want them to have an extra special day.
Ages: Logan - 4, Landyn - 2
Specific Toy Requests: Logan--electric train, monster trucks or transformers. Landyn -- Switch and go large dinosaur by vtech, Mickey mouse toys, Umizoomi toys
Shoe sizes: Logan - 10, Landyn - 8
Clothing sizes: Logan - 4T, Landyn - 2T
Favorite Colors: Logan - Red, Landyn - Blue or red
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Logan---Thomas, spider man. superman. Landyn ---Mickey mouse, Umizoomi, yo gabba gabba, batman
Cameron - ADOPTED
The Story: I was laid off my job of 9 years and now working a temp job, I have another baby on the way and no father to help, and a life threatning condition from the pregnancy and no money for my son or unborn daughter.
Age: Cameron - 5
Specific Toy Requests: Any Crayola sets or Star Wars
Shoe Size: 9T
Clothing Size: 4 boys
Favorite colors: green and blue
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Star wars, Wreck it Ralph, Transformers
Audren, Lane & Tanne - ADOPTED
The Story: My boys have given me so much strength. In 2008 I left the comforts of a stay at home mom to a domestic violence shelter. We haven't looked back. I struggle to make sure we have all of our needs met but it is difficult. Audren(my oldest) tries to sell his toys at school when he is worried and it breaks my heart. I wish I could give them back some of their childhood that seems to have been lost through this process.
Ages: Audren 11, Lane 9, Tanner 7
Shoe sizes: Audren - 8 men's, Lane - 5, Tanner - 2
Clothing sizes: Audren - 14, Lane - 12, Tanner - 7
Favorite Colors: Audren - purple, Lane - blue, Tanner - orange
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: The boys love to play video games like Mario Brothers and playing with legos
Amy & Bryan - ADOPTED
The Story: I am a close friend of Will (dad) and his two kids Amy and Bryan. Will is a single dad who works full-time, takes care of his kids, and loves them more than anything in the world. Will has expressed to me that he is worried that he won't be able to afford gifts for Amy and Bryan this Christmas. It would be wonderful if you could help Will make this a happy Christmas for Amy and Bryan.
Ages: Amy - 6, Bryan - 4
Specific Toy Requests: Amy-monster high doll, anything Barbie, DVD of "Tangled". Bryan-Legos, anything Hot Wheels, StarWars action figures
Shoe Sizes: Amy - 3(kids), Bryan -13 (kids)
Clothing Sizes: Amy - medium (7-8), Bryan - small (6-7)
Favorite Colors: Amy - pink, Bryan - red
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Amy-Monster High, Disney Tangled, Brave. Bryan-The Broncos, StarWars, Transformers, Finding Nemo
Joe and Jordan - ADOPTED
The Story: I am a mother of two boys who was recently laid off from my job. Two days after the transmission went out on my car, it has been very hard getting my boys to and from school and to job interviews without transportation. I am asking for help getting my car fixed to insure my kids get to school and to get a job to support them.
Ages: Joe - 11, Jordan - 8
Shoe sizes: Joe - 6.5 mens, Jordan - 6 boys
Clothing sizes: Joe - large boys, Jordan - med-lg boys
Favorite colors: black, red, blue or green
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: skate boarding, legos, wrestling
Andrea, Alexzayvier, Elias, and Emiliano - ADOPTED
The Story: My husband and I have been going through some hard time since my daughter got very sick with leukemia. Tthings just got very hard with no jobs.
Ages: Andrea - 9, Alexzayvier - 5, Elias - 2, and Emiliano - 1
Specific toy requests: Andrea - dsi or mini laptop for school, Alexzayvier - dsi or any wwf wresliers, Elias - learning games or cars
Shoe sizes: Andrea - 2 1/2 , Alexzayvier - 10, Elias - 6 1/2, Emiliano - 3
Clothing sizes: Andrea - 10pants & large tshirts, Alexzayvier - 8 in pants and 8in t's,
Elias - size 5t, and Emiliano - 2t
Favorite colors: Andrea - purple, Alexzayvier - blue, Elias - green, and Emiliano - nothing yet so any
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Andrea - disney shows/ nick, Alexzayvier - ninja turtles or disney, Elias - hulk,spongbob, and Emiliano any
Austin and Lilyan - ADOPTED
The story: It started last September (over a year ago) my mother has been trying to take my children from me in a nasty court case still ongoing. During this time my husband was layed off and I am the only one working. We are facing eviction and cant afford anything for my kids. We have been hopeful but with the rent situation hope is falling. Thank you
Ages: Austin - 9, Lilyan - 5
Specific Toy Requests: Models of rockets or science stuff, Barbie or arts and craft stuff
Shoe sizes: Austin 13, Lilyan 12
Clothing sizes: Austin - medium & 9, Lilyan -8
Favorite colors: Austin - blue, Lilyan - pink or purple
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Phinious and Ferb, Buddie Movies
Franklin and Abigail - ADOPTED
The story: I hate to nominate myself, but this isn't for myself, it's for my children, I am working so hard to pay the rent and am still in the hole but am trying to get the kids a gift. My wish is to get them at least one gift and that would make me the happiest mom in the world. thank you
Ages: Franklin - 10, Abigail - 6
Specific toy requests: Lego Halo-Franklin. squinkies-Abigail
Shoe sizes: Franklin - boys 5.5, Abigail - girls 12
Clothing sizes: Franklin - boys 14/16, Abigail - girls 6/7
Favorite colors: Franklin - silver, Abigail - turquoise
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Frank-halo, ninjago. Abby-my little pony
Noble and Noah - ADOPTED
The story: I’d like to nominate my big brother, Wayne, for BJ & Jamie’s Giving Tree. My brother has always been my best friend, and has always taken me, his baby sister under his wing. This is one way I can try to give back to him in the spirit of Christmas this year. He’s a single father of an incredible 12 year old, Noble. He works very hard to provide for Noble, having raised him on his own for the past 4 years. Noble loves school and has recently started taking karate classes after school, which he loves; Wayne definitely has had to make sacrifices for himself in order to provide this new activity for Noble. Early in the year (2012), Wayne was called in by the State of Colorado and ordered to take a paternity test. He learned he was the father of a child who was almost two, whom he had never met, and had not been in contact with the mother for that entire time. The child had been in foster care for several months and he was given the option of meeting this child. Without hesitation, Wayne went to meet his child and took the steps necessary to gain custody of his new son, Noah. While he’s thrilled to be raising both of his boys, it’s come at a price. Wayne has had to change jobs in order to pick up and drop off at daycare, which ultimately led to a job that forced him to take a pay cut. He works at a nursing home, changing sheets, bedding, and diapers—a big change from the maintenance job he did hold just last year. But it allows him the maximum time with his kids. Due to the pay cut, Noble is no longer able to take karate lessons, either, because Wayne now needs to pay for day care. Wayne would have it no other way, because he knows he’s doing all he can for his boys. I know that Wayne would love to provide a big Christmas for the boys this year with several gifts, but I’m afraid he probably doesn’t have the funds to do so—that’s why I know this would mean the world to he and his boys. This could potentially be the best Christmas, ever, and would be such a great gift to Wayne, who has worked so hard this year to provide for his kids. He deserves the world but would give it all to his boys. Thank you for your consideration, Jenea
Ages: Noble - 12, Noah - 2.5
Specific toy requests: Karate stuff, full size bedding, Buzz Lightyear, Clothes, Star Wars, Power Rangers
Shoe sizes: Noble - 6 boys, Noah - 7 child
Clothing sizes: Noble - 15/16 slim jeans, 12/14 large shirts. Noah - 3T/4T
Favorite colors: green and blue
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Buzz Lightyear, Star Wars, Tron
Chase and Arizona - ADOPTED
The story: Tammy is a single mom doing her best to raise to happy healthy kids. She is currently in school to better herself for her kids but struggles to keep the heat on and food on the table. She has over come a lot the last few years; fighting cancer, having neck surgery and being forced to move a number of times. Regardless of her own issues she is always the first one to jump in and help others and support them through thick and thin. Here kids are always a blessing to be around and find a way to warm the spirit of all they meet.
Ages: Chase - 10, Arizona - 8
Specific toy requests: Chase - legos. Arizona - Monster High
Shoe sizes: Chase - 4, Arizona - 3
Clothing sizes: Chase - 12 slim. Arizona - 8 slim. Both have to wear school uniforms.
Favorite colors: Chase - black/gray. Arizona - silver/purple
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Chase loves zombies and dancing. Arizona likes sports (soccer, softball, dancing)she also likes to dress up with cool hair stuff. Both are very active in church.
Ezekio, Izayea, Alyna - ADOPTED
The story: Hello. I’m a single mother of 3 wonderful kids’. They have respect , compassion, and manners. This Christmas I am unable to work due to my Great Grandmother recently becoming homeless. She is 96yrs old. I brought her in to live with us, and provide the care she deserves. I can not bring myself to put her in a nursing home. She raised me from a baby until the age of 7. I feel it is my time to care for her, the way she put her aging years aside to take me in, and raise me. My children deserve to have the things I can not provide this year. I just hope and pray I am able to find a little help. Thank you.
Ages: Ezekio - 12, Izayea - 10, Alyna - 7
Specific toy requests: remote control helicopters, barbie house
Shoe sizes: Ezekio - 11, Izayea - 9, Alyna - 2.5
Clothing sizes: large, 10
Favorite colors: blue, green, purple
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Broncos, Wrestling, Twilight
Dorian, Darian, Camila - ADOPTED
The story: Hi. My family has been been trough a rough year, my husbands father got really sick, and he ended up having to have sergery for a brain tumor, in which my husband had to take time off work so he can take care of his father, and spend more time with him. I was very understanding because he was very close to him. I am a stay at home mom, so we fell behind with our bills.The odds of his father getting better where really bad, so i was understanding of my husband leaving work. Well his dad passed away in November. And my children are having a hard time getting use to the idea of their Grand daddy not beeing with us anymore, and that we do not have $ for Chistmas. It brakes my heart that everywhere we go they see Christmas lights, ornaments. Please help me out. I will be for ever grateful.
Ages: Dorian - 7, Darian - 5, Camila - 5 months
Specific toy requests: Darian - lego sets, Dorian - shoes and clothing, Camila - winter clothes
Shoe sizes: Dorian - 1, Darian - 10, Camila - 6-9 months
Clothing sizes: Dorian - 7, Darian - 5, Camila - 6-9 months
Favorite colors: Dorian - blue, Darian - red, Camila - any color
Children's favorite movies/TV shows/cartoon characters/hobbies: Dorian - Spiderman, Darian - Mario, Camila - Princess
*Note to families who want to donate- this is not a tax detuctable donation. We also request that each child you are giving to gets a minimum of $100 in gifts.
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