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After tragic loss and a lack of closure, the Salazar family is coping by carrying on their grandmother's tradition of giving.

Roberta Salazar first started her tradition by crafting and giving to her grandchildren from her home, she then branched out, giving mass donations to multiple places every holiday season.

Salazar made more than 100 blankets over the years that have filled a void of coldness for many children in the Crossroads including her own.

After her passing in 2017, the Salazar family claims Grace Funeral Home mistakenly cremated their beloved grandmother's remains and gave them to another family.

Grace Funeral Home made the following statement about the incident in August:

"Grace Funeral Home deeply regrets the mistake in cremating Ms. Salazar's Body. After it discovered what happened, Grace Funeral Home promptly investigated, notified the family, and apologized. Specific details were provided to assure the family that the cremated remains provided for burial were those of Ms. Salazar. There were no efforts to deceive anyone about what occurred."

Salazar's Granddaughter Elida Gillespie says they called her the Chief of their family. "She was the one, now someone else has to step up, you can't replace your grandma," Gillespie says.

Now, being in the midst of a major lawsuit, Gillespie says it's more important to give back than ever. 

This year, the Salazar family is asking for stuffed animal donations.

The stuffed animals will be donated to the Bronson House, Mid Coast Family Center on December 8th, and the Texas Children's Hospital on December 15th.

"My family would give their last to make someone else feel better.. that's what my grandma made us do, that's what my grandpa made us do," Gillespie says.

They hope to keep Roberta's tradition alive and expand it to reach even more children than ever before.

If you would like to donate, please contact Henrietta Salazar at (361) 703-8244.

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