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Children who lost mom in car crash has first Christmas without her

Posted at 9:28 PM, Dec 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 00:08:54-05

Back in July, we told you about a young man who was involved in a tragic car crash.

The incident not only hurt him, but his younger siblings as well.

His mother died at the scene.

Currently, the children are doing much better -- but another heartache has surfaced: their first Christmas without mom.

Jason Powell said seeing his younger siblings smile, and seeing family happy brings joy to his heart.

When the storm passes, better days come.

"It's going to be different, you know, not seeing my mom with all six of us in a picture like we did every year," Powell said.

In the summer Jason's life changed forever.

He and his siblings were headed to Beeville in July when the vehicle they were traveling in flipped several times.

Jason suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs, and more, and his younger siblings were flown via HALO-Flight to Driscoll Childrens Hospital.

His mother, Soyna Munoz, was driving and died at the scene.

Now Jason says he takes it all day-by-day.

"We just hold up the best we can," he said.

And to help keep the family's spirits up, Embassy Suites, along with the community, are taking them under their wings this Christmas.

"People still care," said the Embassy Suites' Dorina Perez. "Out there, you know, there's some that don't and there's a lot that do. So this shows a lot."

For Christmas, the hotel introduced the family to Santa's Workshop -- but that's not all.

They will have gifts waiting for them to unwrap, meals taken care of and will stay in the hotel's Presidential Suite for two nights.

"Whatever gifts that we have that are not going towards this family will get donated to the Salvation Army," Perez said. "So we're kinda working two things at once here."

Jason said he's thankful for how so many people have rallied by his side.

"It's heartwarming, it won't be the same, but it's a Christmas that my siblings can enjoy, that I can wake up and still see smiles on their face," Jason said.