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August blessings matching grant equals $50,000

September 22, 2011
I am happy to announce the completion of the August Blessings $25,000 Matching Grant. Thank you to our God loving, people caring donors of this matching grant. We also want to thank our supporters for their overwhelming response to this matching grant. Thanks to your caring and sharing we were able to assist our poverty stricken neighbors in the following ways: Housing Assistance: $14,842.76 We provided rental assistance to families dealing with life threatening illnesses, single mothers, senior citizens, and many more fellow creations suffering job loss and tragedy. We provided emergency shelter for many people that lost their homes or apartments. We provided rent for grandparents that were given the responsibility of raising their grandchildren unexpectedly. God bless all of you for providing housing assistance to our fellow Americans in need.

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A deserving family in need

January 20, 2011
Dear W.C., I know a family that is having a very hard time. I know they are late on their rent. They have two young children. The father lost his job last summer. The mother was hit by a hit-and-run driver and was left handicapped. They do not receive enough assistance from disability and unemployment. Due to all the medical bills and threats from the bill collectors they have been left broke. I have known this family for many years and know they are good people. They have always lived frugally and have a devout belief in God. They do not have gas for their car. I have offered to drive them on several occasions but they have declined. I think they are too embarrassed to accept any help. They have even declined my requests to visit due to their embarrassment of not being able to afford heat. I do not know how they are feeding everyone and keeping a roof over their heads. Please help this deserving family.

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One last hope for help
September 15, 2011
Dear W.C.,You are my last resort. I am a single mother with four children. I work full-time but at a low paying job. Because I work I am not eligible for assistance. How do they expect me to house, feed, cloth, and pay for utilities and medical expenses for four children at the hourly rate I receive. My ex-husband is in jail. I do not receive any child support from him. At one time my ex-husband was a good and kind man. When he began to drink he turned into another person. By the time he was headed to jail we were already in the process of getting a divorce. I did not want my children growing up in that kind of environment. It feels like my children and I are being punished for his crimes. Can you please help my children and me?
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Many asking for help
September 08, 2011
We are very happy to report that we have met the August Blessings $25,000 Matching Grant. Your compassion and generosity toward our many poverty stricken neighbors was overwhelming. God bless the generous donors of the $25,000 in matching funds. You have inspired many to match your generosity. In the next week we will conclude distribution of these funds and provide you with a breakdown of where every penny was spent. Once again, I thank all of you donors. Our fellow creations that have had their pains of poverty eased thanks to you. God bless you for caring and sharing. May all of us feel proud of the difference we made together. May we continue to offer hope and assistance to our desperate fellow Americanís, especially now in the recession. We also have received some more exciting news. The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust has for the 8th year given its approval of a $30,000 Matching Grant to begin immediately. We are forever grateful to our wonderful matching grant providers inspiring all of us to come together. This funding has brought in the past and will bring in the future an overwhelming amount of assistance to our poverty stricken families, senior citizens, disabled, and children. Thank you Richard, for your heartfelt compassion for your fellow creations.
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One last hope for help
September 01, 2011
Dear W.C.,You are my last resort. I am a single mother with four children. I work full-time but at a low paying job. Because I work I am not eligible for assistance. How do they expect me to house, feed, clothe, and pay for utilities and medical expenses for four children at the hourly rate I receive. My ex- husband is in jail. I do not receive any child support from him. At one time my ex-husband was a good and kind man. When he began to drink he turned into another person. By the time he was headed to jail we were already in the process of getting a divorce. I did not want my children growing up in that kind of environment. It feels like my children and I are being punished for his crimes. Can you please help my children and me?
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A grandmother helped
August 25, 2011
Dear W.C.,I am writing to ask for help for my grandma. I went to visit her last week. She has been having some health problems and she complains about the cost of her health care. She did not have hardly any food in her house and she kept the lights and air-conditioning off for the whole visit. She said she could not afford to turn them on. It was very hot outside and much too warm for her in her house. I wish I could help her myself but I am a college student without a job. My mom passed away several years ago from breast cancer so I am the only one left to look after my Grandma. Please help her.
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Going through a difficult time
August 18, 2011
Dear W.C.,I am writing to ask for help for my family. My husband, two daughters, and I are having a real hard time. I had to give up my job after I became disabled due to a terrible car accident two years ago. I was hit by an uninsured drunk driver. I have had surgery twice already and still am unable to move without great pain. My husband lost his job when the company he worked for closed due to the recession. He has been looking for a new job, but employment is hard to find. I know we were wrong when we spent all we had on my medical bills, but the collection agency kept threatening me. Now we have fallen behind in our rent and need help with food.
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August $25,000 matching grant
August 11, 2011
We are happy to tell everyone about a new matching grant opportunity. The gracious donors of the August Blessings $25,000 Matching Grant are wonderful people that truly care about their fellow creations. They wish to help alleviate the pain and suffering of poverty for our fellow Americanís. For every dollar donated they will match it with another, up to $25,000. God bless you donors and friends. Together we are making a big difference in many lives. Dear W.C.,
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$40,000 matching grant met
August 04, 2011
Thank you to everyone that wrote letters, emailed, encouraged, liked on Facebook, and donated to The Time Is Now to Help. Your response to the CNN Heroes story has been overwhelming. I never expected such an outpouring of compassion and love for what we do. Together we ease the pains of poverty for our fellow creations. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I wanted to share one of the emails I received this past week. Dan Gray from Canada was inspired to write the following poem after watching our story on CNN:Your Helping Hands
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I am not a hero
July 28, 2011
Several weeks ago we were contacted by CNN. They told us we had been nominated to be a CNN Hero. After several telephone interviews and a thorough investigation by CNN they informed me they wanted to meet me. I was very apprehensive. I ignored their phone calls and emails for days. When I finally returned their call I told them I was not a hero. Our fellow creation that are surviving the pains of poverty and our fellow Americans who donate to The Time Is Now To Help, making our mission possible, are the true heroes. I was told CNN would bring more recognition to the strife of poverty and this will in turn help more Americans that suffer daily in poverty. I agreed to meet. Within a week a Kathleen Toner, a CNN reporter and Chris, a CNN camera man arrived from New York to film The Time Is Now To Help at work.
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Elderly mother in need
July 21, 2011
Dear WC,I was wondering if you could help my elderly mother. She lives in Wisconsin and I am very worried about her. I am a single mom and I live out of state. I must stay here for my job. I do not have the money to visit or move my mother closer to us. I have the space for her if she would be willing to move in. I have tried to get her to move in with us but she always tells me, ďNo, I will not be a burden, you have it hard enough.ĒI have not been to see my mother since my father passed away a few years ago. I used to telephone her every week but the last time I talked to her she said she was having her phone disconnected. She said she could not pay the bill. She also said she was having some health troubles but did not want to worry me. I am very worried and do not have any family or friends to check on her. I found your organization online and was hoping you could help my mother.
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Family struck by cancer
July 14, 2011
Dear W.C., Could you please help my family? We are having a real hard time. Last night we had very little food to share. My Dad has cancer. It is hard to watch him try to stay strong for me when he is so sick and in so much pain. He keeps telling me to not worry about him and things will get better soon. I overheard my parents talking last night and my Mom was crying. They were talking about what my Mom should do when he is gone. How can they talk about that? I donít know where else to turn for help. A Very Sad Son
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