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Family of 8 in need gets help from community during the holidays

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Posted at 9:03 PM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 08:27:04-05

DENVER -- Delilah and Michael Sanchez are parents of six children, ranging in age from 4 to 16 years old. A few weeks ago, Denver7 ran into the Sanchez family who was at rock bottom.

On Friday, Denver7 along with other companies wanted to help give the Sanchez a memorable Christmas during their hard times.

According to Delilah, her family moved in May when their kids got out of school for summer break.

According to Delilah, her family left Johnstown after not finding any place to live and moved to Denver for a new start and to find a new job for her husband.

In the meantime, the Sanchez had no place to live while they were in Denver.

“We have been sleeping in our van,” Delilah said. “We have been in about 50 hotel rooms and used our savings, so our children didn’t have to stay in unsafe hotels. We have stayed in parking lots of fast food restaurants, as well as in hospital parking lots. I feel like a failure as well as my husband does. We work, but never can come up with enough money because it goes to gas because we drive a lot, and food for my kids for schools and hotels.”

The Sanchez family reached out to Denver7, asking for the phone numbers for shelters to find a place to stay during the week of Thanksgiving.

Denver7 called its friends at FLO 107.1 and JAMMIN 101.5 for its Christmas Wish campaign with Larry and Kathie J. The purpose of the Christmas Wish is to help those in need during the holiday season by utilizing their network of angels in the community.

FLO 107.1 and JAMMIN 101.5 were able to provide the family with a room for seven days at the DoubleTree Hilton DTC for lodging and breakfast to help during their time of looking for an apartment or house to rent.

The Christmas Wish campaign was also able to give the Sanchez family $1,500 toward a deposit for a place to live.

FLO 107.1 and JAMMIN 101.5 surprised the Sanchez family at Denver7 with the all the help they are providing as part of the Christmas Wish.

On Friday, Denver7 along with FLO 107.1, JAMMIN 101.5, Safeway, Lucky's, and BlueModus all donated gifts to the Sanchez family.

“This year, with all your help, we barely had enough for the deposit for the house,” Delilah said. “I told the kids this year Christmas wasn’t going to be so great, we appreciate it. I didn’t want to say it before but I needed help but I was afraid and I was ashamed. If it wasn’t for Contact7 helping us then I don’t think I would have be where I am today.”

The Sanchez family still needs help, and if you would like to help out them, you can do so by donating here.