Save home of 11 adopted kids & bury their autistic brother.
Organized by: Rebecca Marchand
At 7 years old Steven still didn't know his name nor did he know the gift that he would be to the Ellinger family. The phone call came to the foster parents that a set of mentally challenged, severly abused and neglected twins were in need of a home. Both boys were unable to talk and did not know their names. They only answered to "Twinny". They were later diagnosed as autistic and mildly retarded, failure to thrive, aggressive, scared, confused and desperately in need of love. With a laugh so innocent, so loud, so full of life, so far from the life they were born into. Identical twins so unaware of the gift and the thrill that they would be to their new foster family. After years of infertility the gift of a family would finally be their dream come true. After a deep grave was found in the back yard of the biological family of Steven and Matthew and several foster homes later the match was perfect and the adoption would soon become final. Steven was one of 11 foster children adopted by the Ellinger family in November of 1995. Sadly Steven Ellinger lost his life on November 25th, 2015, the day before Thanksgiving. A day when his laughter would have been shared by all that loved him so much. I am asking for help in bringing this family together to celebrate the life of their child, their friend, their uncle, their cousin, their brother and Matthew's twin. At the beginning of 2014 Steven's father, who was the primary bread winner for this family, was diagnosed with rhumatoid arthritis and has been unable work. Just three weeks ago, under the stress of not being able to provide for his family due to the painful arthritis and lack of insurance and the fear of more medical bills, Mr. Ellinger suffered three heart attacks and had to undergo surgery to place four stents in his two main arteries. I'm asking for help so that this family can put their son to rest, pay medical bills, living expenses and the mortgage on the home that has been a safe and loving home to more than 160 foster children. The Ellinger family would like to have their family gather from across the country to put Steven to rest close to Christmas time where they can all spend the holilday together for the first time in 7 years. I've known this family for 40 years and want more than anything to help make this happen for them. With the holidays in full swing please put this family at the top of your Christmas list. Your heart will be as full as all of their hearts will be when they are able to be together in celebration of Steven's life.