Big-Hearted Couple Has Adopted 88 Special Needs Children Over the Last Four Decades
Founder of Possible Dream Foundation Michael and Camille Geraldi have 88 adopted children with special needs, some of whom are now teenagers and adults.
The amazing couple’s story started when they met at the Miami Children’s Hospital back in 1973. Michael was a resident pediatrician while Camille worked as a nurse. Michael was known for his charitable tendencies towards low-income families, to whom he willingly offered free services. Camille worked late nights, spending her time reading to children with disabilities.
After getting married two years later, they started adopting. Each child either had a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome or facial deformities. Nonetheless, the Geraldis loved these orphans unconditionally like their very own.
After having legally adopted 18 children, as well as having three of their very own, the couple set up the Possible Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization to assist in financing their kids’ treatment, education, rehabilitation, work training and future.
In the 90s, they had 31 youngsters. At around that time, Hurricane Andrew devastated their home, forcing them to move to a North Carolina farm, wherein several of the kids graduated from high school and have become certified dog trainers.
When a lightning struck their house and burned everything down in 2011, another good-hearted soul offered them a new home in Georgia. The Geraldis used their old home’s insurance money to make the place handicapped-accessible.
Today, although 68-year-old Camille is now a widow after having lost her better half to cancer, she remains spirited, compassionate and selfless in caring for her brood, with the assistance of a growing team of volunteers in her community.
Camille shared: “I love these kids. Though it can be challenging, draining, exhausting work, when you have your faith you just keep going. I do know that I’m doing God’s work—he plans the day and I just carry it out. He motivates me along the way. I usually wear a mustard seed pinned to my shirt, and when I’m feeling drained and need a push, I touch it and he gives me the energy and determination I need to make it through the hard times and the adversity.”
More in Life
94 Yorkie Dogs Hoarded by Poway Couple Find New Homes
A Poway, San Diego couple pleaded guilty over hoarding over one hundred Yorkie dogs. It still remains vague why 62-year-old Christine...June 19, 2017
Americans Prove to Be Generous People By Giving $390B to Charity in 2016
According to the Giving USA foundation, Americans donated a whopping $390 billion in 2016 alone. Furthermore, most of the funds came from individuals...June 18, 2017
Newly Invented Solar Paint Promises an Excellent but Cheap Clean Energy Source
The future looks promising for those who are looking for an affordable and clean energy source. Two researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute...June 18, 2017
Adamari Lopez Unfazed Despite Body Shaming from Critics
Puerto Rican-born host and actress Adamari Lopez remains calm and unfazed despite recent backlash over a photo of her bathing suit-clad...June 16, 2017
Post-Baseball Game Act of Kindness Moves the Internet
In this age, watching the news about quarrel and chaos can be exhausting. Good thing there are still a lot of...June 12, 2017
Demetrius and Dolly: Homeless Man Finds the Perfect Companion in Homeless Dog
54-year-old Demetrius Lonberger struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, and lived as a homeless man for two long years. Dolly, a...June 12, 2017
Jewish Mom Nurses Palestinian Baby While Real Mother is Recovering from a Car Crash
Motherhood can truly ignite in a person a sense of maturity and unconditional love, and this was proven by yet another...June 10, 2017
Homeless Hero Saves a Life, Reaps Instant Good Karma But Makes the Simplest Request
Homeless man James Pocock was at his usual camping spot somewhere along interstate Exit 12 in Williston, Vermont when he saw truck...June 9, 2017
North Carolina Mother Posts Viral Plea to Stop Standardized Tests For Pupils
A mother of four in eastern North Carolina is pleading for a review of the end-of-grade tests in the state as...June 8, 2017