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Unsung Heroes: Reshell & Freddie Wilson's selfless sacrifice for their grandkids


Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington.

Nominations are accepted from around the state and and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes: outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.


Reshell & Freddie Wilson

One day I was in the Dollar Tree and heard a little boy asking his grandmother if he could have something. My "kinship" radar went up and I decided to ask if she was a grandmother raising her grandchildren and she replied "yes.”


I went on to tell her about the kinship support group at Atlantic Street Center that was taking place that night.  To my surprise, she showed up along with her husband that evening.  Reshell and Freddie Wilson immediately started volunteering at numerous Kinship and Atlantic Street events. Reshell and Freddie have donated gift baskets to various events, helped with setup and cleanup.


Recently, Reshell shared their incredible story about the struggles of keeping their two grandchildren safe and stable. The children have been in and out of their home several times, but this last year Reshell made sure that was put to an end. Without a lawyer, Reshell was able to manuever through the system and gain permanent custody of their grandchildren.


What was so touching was the selfless sacrifice that Reshell and Freddie made to raise these children.  They live in a two-bedroom home where Reshell shares a room with their granddaugther and Freddie shares a room with their grandson.  This amazing couple needs to be commended for their amazing work with their grandchildren, one of whom was selected out of 1,200 to perform in the 2018 Pacific NW Ballet production of "The Nutcracker. " 


Nominated by: Mary Mitchell

More Unsung Heroes

Click here to read about all of this year's honorees.


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