Last year’s Season for Caring families have a lot to be thankful about today

Last Thanksgiving, Tony Plunkett and his family were living in an unfinished house with one working bathroom, no carpet and no working kitchen sink.

Curtis Dorrell lived in a broken pickup in the parking lot of a hardware store.

Cherie Mitchell and her critically ill toddler, Cody, were close to being evicted.

These were three of the families chosen to be part of last year’s Season for Caring campaign. For 12 years, the Austin American-Statesman’s charity program has helped our featured families and hundreds of other families like them through Central Texas nonprofit agencies. The 13th Season for Caring will begin Sunday.

This Thanksgiving, the Plunkett family is living in a used mobile home purchased with Season for Caring money. Tony Plunkett, 34, says he now loves washing dishes: “That may sound weird coming from a guy. I can wash them in a sink and put them up in the cabinet.”

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