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Special series: Christmas in July

It’s Christmas in July on NBC’s “Today” show!  All this week, during the hottest time of the year, we're surprising some well-deserving individuals and families with a little holiday cheer. Here’s a list of organizations and donors that took part in the series:

MONDAY
Jean Carlos and Miguel Suarez are two brothers from the Bronx, N.Y., who play the violin. They are in the 5th and 7th grades and their dream is to one day become professional violinists. They began violin lessons three years ago through a non-profit program called Change for Kids. Miguel has one more year in the program and Jean Carlos has already graduated. The Suarez family was concerned that neither boy will be able to continue studying music.Recipients
Jean Carlos and Miguel SuarezGift
A year of private lessons from Change for Kids instructor Majid Khaliq as well as their very own violins.Resources


TUESDAYFifteen-year-old Katelyn Wilbanks from Catoosa, Okla. was born with spina bifida. She's had 54 surgeries, and last year her left leg was amputated.RecipientKatelyn WilbanksGiftFull scholarship to the University of OklahomaDonorUniversity of Oklahoma

WEDNESDAYTramelle Braxton lives in Richmond, Va., with her two children, Tatyana, 9, and Malik, 6.  Her husband, Earl, is in Virginia’s National Guard and was sent to Iraq last October. Fewer than two weeks later, the Braxton home started falling apart.Recipient
The Braxton familyGift
Home makeoverResource
Donors
JC Penney and Home Depot

THURSDAY
On Thursday, the "Today" Show continued its series called "Christmas in July" at the Urban Assembly for Law & Justice High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. Principal Elana Karopkin has worked tirelessly to make this a strong academic environment for her 200 incoming students (9th and 10th grade) and we have been able to provide the following donations for her 11 classrooms.Recipient
Urban Assembly for Law & Justice High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.Gift
School suppliesDonors
Shleppers Moving & Storage Company Dell Computers SMART Technologies, Inc. NEC Solutions, Inc. Bedford, Freeman, and Worth Publishers Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company Science Kits & Boreal Laboratories Xerox Corporation Office Max US Markerboard, Inc.KeurigGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters

FRIDAY
Tom and Linda Eckfeld have adopted 24 special needs children over the years. It all started when one of their three biological children came down with a life threatening virus.  Tom made a pact with God: “Save my daughter and I’ll spend the rest of my life helping other children.” He wasn't sure what he was getting himself into. Their daughter, Tricia, survived and thrived, and from that moment on, Tom and Linda have never refused to take in a child who needed them.Recipient
Tom and Linda EckfeldGifts
Medical supplies, basketball goal and court, bicycles, free car service for one yearDonors
American Medical Equipment Sam's Club Toys "R" Us Mobility Works AJ Asphalt & Paving CompanyLifetime Products

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