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Courier plays Santa for sextuplet’s family

The Queens Courier wants to make this Christmas very big and very special for one particular family.

Digna and Victor Carpio, both immigrants from Ecuador, spent last Christmas with their sextuplets in the neo-natal intensive care unit at Mt. Sinai hospital. Born on October 6, 2008 at 25 weeks gestation and weighing less than two pounds each, the four boys and two girls – Justin, Joel, Jaden, Jezreel, Genesis and Daniela – made great strides and went home in March.

But it’s not easy raising six kids and a nine-year-old son, Jhancarlos.

Digna, 31, initially had two home attendants that assisted her, but now she has to manage with just one.

“The kids are more mischievous, more work and I have less help,” said Digna, who every afternoon, escapes around 3 p.m. to pick up Jhancarlos from school.

Big brother Jhancarlos “needs attention,” said the father, Victor, who works as a building janitor, where he earns around $35,000 a year.

The Carpios had moved to their modest one story, three-bedroom house in Whitestone before Digna became pregnant, since they assumed she would only have one child.

Before the birth of the sextuplets, Carpios had two incomes to help pay their $2,200 mortgage, insurance and taxes. Now, they have more expenses and less income.

Victor and Digna have told The Queens Courier that they manage somewhat because the children receive social security income due to their low birth weight and food stamps. Victor also had some savings. Lastly, the generosity of strangers manifests itself when they receive small checks at their P.O. Box.

“Not even a millionaire could give these six children everything they need,” Victor said, whose other big worry is transportation because they need van that can accommodate all nine of them and the car seats. “School is around the corner and they are going to need clothes too.”

Step in The Queens Courier.

In the spirit of the holidays and because the Carpio’s need is unique, we have decided to adopt the Carpio family for the holidays and to fill as many items as we can from their wish list.

But we need your help to make this happen!

We ask our loyal readers and advertisers to purchase what you would like to from the Carpios’ wish list and deliver all unwrapped gift items to The Queens Courier office located at 38-15 Bell Boulevard in Bayside by Tuesday, December 15 at 5 p.m.

Let us all make this Christmas one the Carpios will never forget! Thank you!

wants to make this Christmas very big and very special for one particular family.

Digna and Victor Carpio, both immigrants from Ecuador, spent last Christmas with their sextuplets in the neo-natal intensive care unit at Mt. Sinai hospital. Born on October 6, 2008 at 25 weeks gestation and weighing less than two pounds each, the four boys and two girls – Justin, Joel, Jaden, Jezreel, Genesis and Daniela – made great strides and went home in March.

But it’s not easy raising six kids and a nine-year-old son, Jhancarlos.

Digna, 31, initially had two home attendants that assisted her, but now she has to manage with just one.

“The kids are more mischievous, more work and I have less help,” said Digna, who every afternoon, escapes around 3 p.m. to pick up Jhancarlos from school.

Big brother Jhancarlos “needs attention,” said the father, Victor, who works as a building janitor, where he earns around $35,000 a year.

The Carpios had moved to their modest one story, three-bedroom house in Whitestone before Digna became pregnant, since they assumed she would only have one child.

Before the birth of the sextuplets, Carpios had two incomes to help pay their $2,200 mortgage, insurance and taxes. Now, they have more expenses and less income.

Victor and Digna have told The Queens Courier that they manage somewhat because the children receive social security income due to their low birth weight and food stamps. Victor also had some savings. Lastly, the generosity of strangers manifests itself when they receive small checks at their P.O. Box.

“Not even a millionaire could give these six children everything they need,” Victor said, whose other big worry is transportation because they need van that can accommodate all nine of them and the car seats. “School is around the corner and they are going to need clothes too.”

Step in The Queens Courier.

In the spirit of the holidays and because the Carpio’s need is unique, we have decided to adopt the Carpio family for the holidays and to fill as many items as we can from their wish list.

But we need your help to make this happen!

We ask our loyal readers and advertisers to purchase what you would like to from the Carpios’ wish list and deliver all unwrapped gift items to The Queens Courier office located at 38-15 Bell Boulevard in Bayside by Tuesday, December 15 at 5 p.m.

Let us all make this Christmas one the Carpios will never forget! Thank you!

The Carpios Christmas Wish List

The sextuplets (14-months-old) need and wish for:

1. Johnson & Johnson shampoos and creams

2. Clothes for babies aged 24-months (four boys and two girls)

3. Shoes, size four with socks

4. Pampers baby wipes

5. Pampers diapers (size 4)

6. Toys for children age 18 months and up

Jhancarlos, 9, wishes for:

1. A bucket with sea life animals from Toys R’ Us

2. A mammoth book

3. A Nintendo DS

4. Transformer toys

5. Yankee tickets

Mom Digna wishes for:

1. A spa day with massage

2. Detergents to clean the house

3. Aromatic candles with calming scents

4. A dinner at Applebees or Olive Garden

5. People to volunteer and help with the kids

6. Clothes: shirts (women small), pants (size 6), shoes (size 7)

Dad Victor wishes for:

1. A van to transport all of the kids with their child seats

2. A better job

3. Tickets for the Yankees

4. People to volunteer to help my wife with the kids

5. Clothes: pants (36 waist, 30 inseam); shirts (men’s large); ties and dress shoes (size 9 ½)

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