North Texas Giving Day, the largest giving day in the nation powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, is back on September 14, 2017! In eight years, North Texas Giving Day has generated $156 million for the community. Learn more about some of the thousands of participating nonprofits here on BubbleLife from now until Giving Day. Read more about today's featured nonprofit, Texans Can Academies, below.
“My story begins when my mom was 15-years-old. She was raped by my father and that’s how I was conceived.”
Since the day Destiny was born, her mother resented her. Her mother watched her newborn child almost bleed out after surgery without any remorse.
The majority of her childhood only got worse as she watched drugs plague her family.
“Even my mom’s pregnancy didn’t stop her from doing drugs.”
Her stepdad would constantly beat Destiny and her mother.
“My family went through seven CPS cases, but it was hopeless because my parents would tell us what to say or they would beat us.”
Being a product of rape and abuse made it difficult for Destiny to attend school. She had to choose between caring for her baby brother because her parents had overdosed or attend school.
“When I did go, I always had to remember to cover up my bruises to avoid questions. At both of my old schools I felt like I never fit in, they just didn’t care.”
“Immediately after finding the Can Academies I didn’t feel lonely. For the first time, my teachers understood and helped me. They made me feel wanted. If it weren’t for them I don’t think I would be graduating. I finally found find the first place where I truly belonged.”
Education became Destiny’s lifeline.
Many of our students suffer through an agony that no child should go through just like Destiny. With 95 percent of our students being economically disadvantaged, we strive to break the generational cycle of poverty through education and literacy by providing solutions for them.
Donations made on North Texas Giving Day go directly to our Student Support Fund. This makes it possible to provide students with basic needs, including mental and dental health resources, food, clothing, eyeglasses, and more.
To donate to Texans Can Academies September 14th, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.
Blog authored by: Raul Machuca, Media Director, Texans Can Academies.