Eleven-year-old Kate Dressel, who was hit by a car on her walk home from school, shared her story with Red Basket almost a year ago. The year was a stressful one for the Dressel family, but now it has become one of Thanksgiving. Kate’s campaign was met with immense success; thanks to the generous hearts of Givers, the Dressel family met their financial goal and even surpassed it by almost double.

Donna Dressel, Kate’s mother, describes the incredible progress Kate has made since receiving help from Red Basket. Despite frequent severe headaches and neck and back pain, her condition has been improving due to new medication. Kate has been able to return to her regular classes once again, and has even gone the extra mile by getting involved in school extracurricular activities—show choir and mock trial team. She can’t make it to all practices and rehearsals but enjoys spending time there with her friend Ella, who is shown with her in the picture. Kate gave her hair a good trim and now wears it short to avoid any headaches that could be caused by hairbands. “We think the short and sassy look suits her perfectly!” said Donna.

Others in the Dressel family have undergone positive changes since Kate’s accident as well. Soon after Kate’s accident, Donna was forced to take unpaid leave from her job as a pastoral minister at St. Boniface’s Church. Fortunately, she has begun working again a few days a month as a substitute hospice chaplain. “I hope to increase my workload to part-time in January,” Donna explains, “if Kate continues to improve at the pace she is going.”

The financial hardships the Dressels had to face were not easy to overcome, but because of those who gave of their time and treasures, the Dressels truly have something to smile about this Thanksgiving. In a note from Donna, she expresses her sheer gratitude toward supporters as she writes, “With the funds from Red Basket and continued frugal measures, we will be able to make it to January financially. We couldn’t have made it this far without Red Basket!” Thank you for coming together for Kate. You gave the Dressels a reason to celebrate Thanksgiving this year and helped a young girl return to her normal life – even a bit sassier!

To read Kate’s Red Basket story, visit her page here: Come Together for Kate

Lauren Fischer
Communications Specialist
Lauren is the Communications Specialist for RedBasket.org. She writes content for the blog, social media and other materials, as well as secures media coverage for RedBasket.org projects!