“Gift of Hope”for Thea Marie Keskinen-Burke

Thea loves waking up and taking care of her chickens every morning. The SRD dog will help make sure she can be more independent and do the things she loves.

BBQ, Silent Auction, Live Music April 20

Thea Marie Keskinen-Burke a cheerful, adorable, six-year-old girl, and a source of joy to everyone she meets, has been given the “Gift of Hope” this year. Thea has never met a person she could not make smile. She loves God, her family, and her animals. It shines through in everything she does.

Thea suffers from Generalized Idiopathic Epilepsy. She had her first seizure at two years old. Thea has both Tonic-Clonic (Grand Mal- loss of consciousness and violent muscle spasms), and absent seizures (brief, sudden lapses in attention). She must be watched very closely while she is showering, playing outside, when watching TV, and many other aspects of her life that “normal” people might take for granted. Thea must be accompanied every second of her life, which makes it hard for her to start developing her independence.
Thea loves waking up and taking care of her chickens every morning. She has a special little hen named Leila that follows her around like a guard dog. If you see Thea with her Memere, Leila is never far behind. Her hen has also figured out how to open doors, so she will follow Thea into the house and take naps with her. Thea has even named one of the other chickens Meanie, because it was picking on her Leila. She likes to watch her broody hens as they sit on their eggs, and she waits for the chicks to hatch. Thea is like Snow White and just gathers animals to her and she cares for them just as God charged us with. She is a gentle soul, and it shows through in everything she does. We are so blessed that God gave her to us. With a seizure dog, Thea will be able to begin doing things on her own, like bathing, playing outside, and working with her chickens without constant, vigilant supervision. A seizure response dog will help her in all aspects of her life.
Bar-B-Q Plate and Bake sale
This year’s “Gift of Hope” is a Bar-B-Que plate lunch, at the Divine Savior Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall (405 Ingram Rd.) on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 11AM-1PM. Plates are $12.00 each and include brisket, sausage, potato salad, beans, bread, and trimmings, along with iced tea. “Done Right Cookers” of Hondo is cooking the meat, and we thank them for volunteering their time.
BBQ Tickets may be purchased between 10AM-4PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the Church Office (405 Ingram Rd.). Please call the office (830-663-3735) prior to stopping by, just to confirm someone will be there.
Live Music and Entertainment-Our live music is again being provided by “DJ Bobby G” of San Antonio. DJ Bobby G brings recorded music from the Top 40, Tejano, Cumbia, Oldies, Dance, Hip Hop, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and Country.
Face painting will also be available for the kids.
Silent Auction-A Silent Auction will also take place during the same time as the meal (11AM-1PM) in the Fellowship Hall.
If you would like to donate items for the Silent Auction, they can be delivered to the Fellowship Hall between 10AM-4PM Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The cutoff date will be Thursday, April 18th. Please call the office (830-663-3735) prior to dropping off your items, just to confirm someone will be there. Your gift is sincerely appreciated.
THANK YOU-Our special thanks to Devine News, which has helped us every year (since 2015) to get the word out about our annual “Gift of Hope. We thank all who have supported, and continue to support, this annual benefit for those in need.
Also, a Golf Tournament will be held later in the year to benefit Thea as well. More details will be forthcoming.
Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40).
We love you, Thea Marie! In memory of Jesse Esch, Joyce Haass, Claudia Carberry, and Bryleigh Shullanberger; and in honor of Becky Gonzales, Cindy Langley, Karlee Riser, and Audrey Capps.
To God alone be the glory.