(KCEN) — One Fort Hood family has been given a new outlook on life after dealing with not one, but several devastating hardships.
It’s all thanks to the non profit, “Wish for Our Heroes” and community members, who stepped in when a family was at their lowest point.
This family has been through more than many people could ever imagine.
And to make things even harder, they’re new to Central Texas, don’t have many friends or family to help them out.
But Thursday all that changed.
“It was actually astonishing because we didn’t even know that there was this many good people out here in Killeen,” said Engineer Battalion Sergeant Charles Carney.
Sergeant Charles Carney and his wife Krystal’s troubles started back in 2010.
After Sergeant Carney returned from overseas, he and his wife learned their little boy had a terminal chromosome disorder and died at just ten months old.
“Their biggest hardships is losing their son,” said Wish for Our Heroes Vice President Bo Brister.
But the nightmare didn’t end there.
Last December Sergeant Carney suffered a heart attack and four months later, his grandfather died, leaving him to help with the funeral expenses.
With their fourth child on the way Sergeant Carney knew he needed some help and that’s when “Wish for Our Heroes” stepped in.
“Sergeant, from our local business and Wish for Our Heroes, we would like to present you and your wife with this check,” said Brister.
With the help of the community a 1,500 dollar check was presented to the family along with baby necessities.
“It was kind of a surprise for me as much as it was for my wife,” said Sergeant Carney.
And the giving didn’t stop there.
While the check was being presented a local businessman with J&J Pools, saw what was going on and donated another 500 dollars to the family.
Thanks to the help of these loving strangers, hope is restored in this mans life.
“I’ve lost a lot of faith you know cause it keeps on coming and keeps on coming and everything. And when you lose you family member, especially your son, it kind of makes you break down. This does bring a lot of faith back to me and a lot of hope,” said Sergeant Carney.
If you’d like to get involved with “Wish for Our Heroes” you can find more information at wish4ourheroes.org