Tad, Drex, & Kara Merry Little Christmas Families and Gift Registries

This year, B98.5′s Tad, Drex and Kara are giving deserving local families a “Merry Little Christmas” filled with some big gifts!

If you are able to help these amazing families have a Merry Little Christmas, please purchase any of the items listed on the families’ registries and have the gifts sent to the B98.5 Offices or bring them by during business hours. All gifts must be at the B98.5 offices by the end of the day on Monday, December 12th. You can also send donations via E-Gift Cards for Walmart, Amazon or Target to Christmas@B985.com.

Thanks to Breda Pest Management and Publix for making this all possible.



Breda Pest Management

Meet the Tad & Drex Merry Little Christmas Families:

The Milligan Family:

Alicia (mom), Christopher (Dad), and their four children ages 13, 12, 10 and 2, make up the Milligan Family from Acworth. Christopher has suffered from health issues for many years but this year seems like one of the hardest. A procedure to correct hear issues resulted in blood clots that caused a heart attack. Between the copays for the procedure and Alicia missing so much unpaid time off work, they have hit some financial hard times. Their dream this holiday season is to watch the joy on our children’s faces on Christmas morning when there are gifts under the tree.

The Milligan family’s gift registry has been fulfilled, but you can still send donations via E-Gift Cards for Walmart, Amazon or Target to Christmas@B985.com.



The Carlock Family:

Katherine and her daughter Kennedy (5-year old girl) have overcome incredible hardship and need a little help this holiday season to make it extra special. Kennedy is a thriving little girl who happens to be totally blind with Cerebral Palsy. She is incredible, loves singing, music, Disney, dogs, kindergarten and telling stories! Katherine has had severe health issues since having Kennedy but does everything to make sure that Kennedy experiences all life has to offer, from ballet to tap to touching an alligator! Katie was a registered nurse, always helping many in the community and now, caring for her daughter. This year Kennedy has requested a musical Christmas after being exposed to music at Songs for Kids, a local non-profit.

>>CLICK HERE for the Carlock family’s gift registry

You can also send donations via E-Gift Cards for Walmart, Amazon or Target to Christmas@B985.com.



The Coffman Family:

Meet the Coffman family: Mikaylie (mom) and Tristan (dad) and their 17-month old daughter. Tristan had a tumor removed from his brain stem in February which has led to a long recovery time. Tristan and Mikaylie are both elementary school teachers, who have done a tremendous job balancing his recovery, their jobs, their home, and parenting this year. As teachers, they give their all to the children in their care, but they need some help this holiday season to provide a special Christmas for their daughter.

>>CLICK HERE for the Coffman family’s gift registry

You can also send donations via E-Gift Cards for Walmart, Amazon or Target to Christmas@B985.com.



The Smith Family:


This amazingly resilient family of seven (children ages 21, 17, 11, 8 and 6) have been through so much within the past few years. Talaia is a devoted mother who was always building her business and volunteering in the community. She is now unable to work due to a medical condition. The episodes have increased as time has gone on without clear explanation from physicians. Like many area families, they have struggled with steady and affordable housing recently. The friend who nominated them said they are “a family of faith but struggling to maintain that bright spirit. Any little bit helps and I would like to put a smile on their faces and give them a relaxed moment a bright spot in their year.”

>>CLICK HERE for the Smith family’s gift registry

You can also send donations via E-Gift Cards for Walmart, Amazon or Target to Christmas@B985.com.



The Diaz-Jimenez Family:

The Diaz-Jimenez family does everything they can to help others, despite facing many hardships themselves. Their grandmother, Olga, suffered multiple strokes and the family has taken her in to care for her, bringing her from Florida to live with them. Unfortunately that trip was costly and they had to spend much of the money saved for Christmas gifts. The four boys (ages, 2, 5, 9 and 11) deserve a surprise on Christmas morning. Olga told us they “bring home good grades, help out around the house and also help out with my grandmother without being asked.”

>>CLICK HERE for the Diaz-Jimenez family’s gift registry

You can also send donations via E-Gift Cards for Walmart, Amazon or Target to Christmas@B985.com.



The Byess Family:

The Byess Family is Peggy (mom), Nick (dad) and their seven children ranging from age 2 through 17. They have had difficulty with their vehicles and the HVAC system in their home, which was “fixed” insufficiently and they were left with issues they could not afford to fix. Peggy’s mother, a cancer survivor, suddenly passed away at the end of September and Peggy had to make an emergency trip to California to plan and pay for her celebration of life. She is now helping her stepdad and little sister navigate life without the matriarch of the family. They were nominated by a friend who told us they “make due with what they have but it’s just not ever enough.” Nick works swing shift most of the time because the wages are usually higher, but because of the young ages of the children, Peggy does things like maintain a garden and raise quail to provide food for the family.

>>CLICK HERE for the Byess family’s gift registry

You can also send donations via E-Gift Cards for Walmart, Amazon or Target to Christmas@B985.com.



The Springer Family:

The Springer Family is Diane (mom), Nicholas (dad), and three daughters (a 6-year old and 10-year old twins). They were nominated by a good friend who told us “This family is very loving and always willing to help when they can. Just last month their 6-year old daughter fainted during breakfast one morning, after a few visits to doctors and specialists, she was diagnosed Leukemia. Their world has been turned upside down.” She spent weeks in the hospital and is currently undergoing outpatient treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Medical bills have already started to pile up, along with the stress of this diagnosis. The Springer Family is in need of a Merry Christmas!

>>CLICK HERE for the Springer family’s gift registry

You can also send donations via E-Gift Cards for Walmart, Amazon or Target to Christmas@B985.com.



The Bell Family:

After a years-long process and delays due to Covid, Zoe adopted three sisters (ages 11, 9, and 8), who needed a stable and safe home. All three girls have been through so much, and are still recovering from previous neglect and traumas. Through determination, patience, and faith in God, the adoption was finalized last year and the girls have begun to heal. After the adoption Zoe married Andrew. In true Brady Bunch style, without hesitation, he has taken on the responsibility of being a father of 6. Andrew’s mother nominated the family and told us “The girls have been loved and cared for by Zoe and Andrew the best they can, but there is not much left over for any extras. They shop at thrift stores and pinch pennies to make surethe kids have everything they need. But that leaves even less for their own needs like clothing, shoes, or dates because everything they have goes to the kids. Please consider helping them this Christmas.”

>>CLICK HERE for the Bell family’s gift registry

You can also send donations via E-Gift Cards for Walmart, Amazon or Target to Christmas@B985.com.

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