“It’s been overwhelming for all of us, really,” said Kay Hudson, the Milford library director. “It’s just been a special blessing for us during this holiday season. It was just tremendous support from the community.”
There isn’t much left that can surprise Kay Hudson after she and her staff at the Milford Public Library watched the community’s $5,200 in donations pour in during December.
The money raised will pay for a harness system for four-year-old Alyssa Wolfe, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy earlier this year. She will to be able to stand and walk on her own.
The money raised during the library’s 15th annual Christmas Tree Extravaganza more than doubled the previous record, nearly $2,000.
“It’s been overwhelming for all of us, really,” said Hudson, the library director. “It’s just been a special blessing for us during this holiday season. It was just tremendous support from the community.”
The community gesture meant a great deal to Alyssa’s parents Sarah Wyshock-Wolfe and Mark Wolfe. The harness system costs $3,570 and they will have some left over for other needs.
“Alyssa will probably have a lifetime of care needed and I am so grateful. I’ve learned to humbly and graciously open my heart up to receive all the love and joy and blessings that come her way,” Wyshock-Wolfe said.
The Milford Public Library presented Madison, Alyssa’s older sister, with a $200 gift certificate.
And now, with the community’s overwhelming support, the Wolfe family can purchase the Enliten system. It is portable so Alyssa can take it to school or wherever else she is for extended periods of time.
“Enliten’s system is a one of a kind apparatus that allows no barrier to human interaction,” Wyshock-Wolfe said. “Seeing Alyssa with her siblings be able to hug and touch free-standing is magical. There’s nothing else that allows this.”
For the Wolfe family, the Milford Public Library and the community this has been one magical Christmas.