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Family That Adopts 'Hospice Babies' Gets Christmas Surprise

The Salchert family has made it their duty to care for children with life-limiting or terminal diagnoses

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    Cori and Mark Salchert have 8 biological children, and care for kids with life-limiting diagnoses as well as serve as foster parents.

    A Wisconsin family who has, since 2012, been adopting “hospice babies” — babies with life-limiting or terminal diagnoses — received a bit of holiday magic this year, courtesy of two charitable groups, the "Today" show reported. 

    Cori Salchert and her husband, Mark, are caring for Charlie, a 2-year-old who was not expected to see his second birthday, but has thrived under the family's care. And the family provides foster care to 18-month-old triplets while parenting eight biological children, who range in age from 25 to 17.

    The family loves what they do, but Cori Salchert admitted that her energy for Christmas decorating is greatly lacking. Thanks to two charitable organizations, Chive on Chicago and Wisconsin Chive, the Salcherts got quite a bit of Christmas spirit this year. The groups donated Christmas decorations for the home and sent volunteers to hang them, while also arranging for local furniture companies to donate desperately needed furniture to the family.

    "They came in and brought with them what I consider the truer meaning of Christmas," Cori Salchert.

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    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)