Local business providing gifts to families
With front yards decorated, trees lit up and seasonal items stacked on store racks, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Burleson.
But, it may not be the most wonderful time of the year for everybody. Financial burden knows no holiday and creates difficulties for already struggling families to enjoy the expensive month.
A small local business operator is making spirits bright for three such families.
Darik Caswell, owner of Burleson iPhone Repairs, has bought presents worth about $2,000 and is “providing Christmas” for the families, two of which are spearheaded by single working mothers.
“They are somebody who works hard and takes care of their families,” Caswell said. “They are just falling short of what they need to do, down on their luck, rough times.”
All three families he is helping live in Burleson.
The father in one of the families lost his life to cancer last week after months of fighting it. He left behind a hefty medical bill for his wife and step-daughter, who is still in her childhood.
“We wanted to pass on the blessing we’ve been receiving and pass those onto others that were in legitimate and genuine need of it,” Caswell said.
The gift items include clothes, shoes and toys among other things-all brand new, bought by Caswell and his wife, Morgan Caswell.
Since Caswell has an electronic repair shop, two children are getting iPads, too.
“When you’ve got a community that stands behind you in your business and helps put food on your table, I feel like the right thing to do is to pay that forward and help put food on somebody else’s table and give these kids a Christmas they might not have had otherwise,” Caswell said.
Growing up, Caswell also had similar experiences of living life in destitution.
His mother was the sole breadwinner for he and his three siblings. She used to work two different jobs most times of the year. And when birthdays or holidays came close, she would take up a third job.
“Frankly, even my wife and I haven’t always been this blessed as to what we are today, either,” Caswell said. “So, this is something we wanted to be able to share and pass it on.”
Caswell and his wife are wrapping up the gifts and will have given all the gifts before Christmas.
He has also arranged for a free Christmas dinner for the families at Old Town Brewing Company, a restaurant in Old Town Burleson.
Caswell said everybody deserves to be happy during this time of the year.
“I think, more than anything, the financial burden being removed or certainly lessen to a minimum is beneficial to these parents,” Caswell said. “On top of that, financial burden brings emotional stress too. I’ve been on that path. I just think this is cool.”