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Volunteers Decorate The Home Of Family That Adopts Terminally Ill Babies

Now this is a family that deserves Christmas cheer brought to their doorstep.

It has the makings of a Hallmark Christmas movie. The kind of story that will make you smile, and cry big, sloppy elephant-sized tears. The kindness of strangers and the love of family brought together in one big mushy Christmas miracle.

But, this isn’t a movie, this is real-life magic. A group of strangers recently volunteered to decorate the home of one very special family—a family that takes in children that few others would.

Cori Salchert and her husband have eight biological children between the ages of 17 and 25, but they have made it their life’s mission to bring even more love into their home. They foster and adopt children with terminal diagnoses.


Currently, the Salcherts are fostering 18-month old triplets and caring for their 2-year-old adopted son, Charlie. Salchert told TODAY Parents that decorating for Christmas just wasn’t a priority.

“Day to day, I can get so weary trying to keep up. I do the next thing all day long and it’s quite basic—having excess energy for the Christmas season was greatly lacking,” Salchert said.

Luckily, an energetic group of volunteers heard about the Salchert family from Lenses for Love and wanted to help. The Wisconsin and Chicago chapters of theChive (a website aimed at millenials that encourages voluneerism and other good works), brought all the decorations and even new living room furniture to give this much-deserving family their very own Christmas miracle.

Salchert told TODAY that she and her family are grateful for the extra help in making their home festive for the holidays.

“We’re not superhuman and can’t do it all ourselves,” she wrote on Facebook.

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The Salcherts have been caring for terminally ill children since 2012. Cori used to work as a perinatal bereavement nurse, which gave her the experience necessary to give exceptional care to the sick children she brings into her home.

It’s wonderful to see a family that gives so much of themselves get this special gift in return.