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DES MOINES, Iowa — With Christmas just weeks away, the Thompson family’s stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.  “He’s getting older now. He’s two-and-a-half and he knows who Santa Claus is and he’s excited,” said Xanthe’ Thompson, the mother of Zayne.  On Thursday afternoon a Des Moines Public School bus came barreling into their home, possibly ruining young Zayne and his family’s Christmas wishes. “I got a phone call on my work phone from Des Moines Police saying a bus struck my house,” said J’Sean Thompson, Xanthe’s husband.

No family members were home at the time and all five students on the bus, including the driver were uninjured but the house is unlivable.  J’Sean said, “They cut all the utilities off because it hit my power box.”

Des Moines police believe the driver’s foot became wedged in-between the gas and break while traveling near 6th and Douglas, sending the school bus off-road. J’Sean said, “It is kind of traumatizing.”  The Thompson’s are just thankful the crash didn’t occur Friday, J’Sean’s birthday, when he would have been outside hanging lights on their wrap-around porch.  He said, “I’m glad they’re O.K.  I’m glad my family is O.K.  All that can be replaced.”

Having homeowner’s insurance has lightened the blow but home for holidays may be out of the question, said Xanthe’ “We don’t know how long we are out of the house.  We are just taking it day by day.”

The Thompson’s are staying with extended family now.  The driver is currently on administrative leave, and the bus will be inspected for any mechanical issues, both are standard procedure for the school district following an accident.

If you would like to help the Thompson family, they have a paypal account set up at paypal.me/xlthompson91

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A daughter must face difficult decisions on what to do with her mother after the adult care center she’s enrolled in announced it will close its doors at the end of the year.

“My mom’s 85 and she lives with me, but at the hospital they were like, you know, place her in this nursing home and that’s going to be your life,” said Amy Mimouni.

Amy’s mother Betty was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, a condition that caused her to have vivid hallucinations. Mimouni says a nursing home wasn’t an option.

“And I thought…I can’t do that, my dad died when I was little, so taking care of my mom was a promise to him that I wanted to keep,” said Amy.

She found the Luther Park Adult Day Center in Des Moines, which allowed her to keep the promise she made to her father.

“I’m able to go to work and give her some place to go during the day that I felt comfortable with. From then to now, you wouldn’t know it was the same person that left the hospital,” said Amy.

But that is all in jeopardy. After just 22 months in business, the adult day center is closing its doors. It’s are losing money and doesn’t have enough participants to break even.

“It takes about 35, and our roster has fluctuated between five and maybe up to ten,” said Jeff Wilsher, CEO of the Luther Park Community.

Wilsher says despite a full-blown marketing campaign to try and find more participants, the center will be shutting down at the end of the year, leaving Amy scrambling to find another place for her mother.

“Wow…ok…so the world you knew for a year and a half, two years is gone,” said Amy.

Amy says even if she can find a new place for her mother, the change in routine would devastate her.

“With dementia, the more you can keep the same, the less they have to think about their routine, and the more comfortable they are with people, the more they can be themselves and the less worry and less stress. It keeps their symptoms under control,” she said.

There are two other care centers Amy is considering, but she says she can’t afford one and the other doesn’t offer the same services as Luther Park.  That leaves her with a tough choice.

“I had a small panic attack the other day when I was like, ‘Oh my god, I can’t even count Christmas and New Year’s week, so I have, like, two weeks to figure out something’. If it were in my power to keep this place open, I would in a heartbeat,” she said.

The rest of the Luther Park Community will remain open.