'Golden years' a struggle for coupleOctober 06, 2011Dear W.C.,
My husband and I are having a very hard time. We are one month behind on our rent and have not been able to pay our utilities. My husband has cancer. The doctor says he has about nine months to live. He has his good days and his bad. I am disabled due to my extensive arthritis. I have had several fractures because of my osteoporosis.
We are both senior citizens in our seventies and living on our social security. The money we saved for our retirement was gone the first year of my husband's illness. We could not afford supplemental insurance and Medicare did not cover all of his treatment costs. I skip some of my prescriptions so my husband can have his. We never thought our "golden years" would be like this. Each day brings mental anguish. Please help us.
A deserving family in needJanuary 20, 2011Dear 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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The Time is Now to HelpCNN helps Time Is NowSeptember 29, 2011Together we have been recognized for our work of easing the pains of poverty for our fellow creations. We/The Time Is Now to Help have been chosen as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes for 2011. This honor comes with a $50,000 donation to The Time Is Now to Help from CNN. One of the ten finalists will be chosen on Dec. 11, 2011 in Los Angeles and airing live on CNN. The number one voted charity will receive $250,000, Wow! We could help a lot of people. I will be there to represent the many struggling poverty stricken in our great United States of America. Now we need all our supporters to show their faith in our organization by voting for Sal/The Time Is Now to Help on www.cnn.com/heroes every day until Dec. 7. You can vote 10 times a day. Thank you CNN for such an honor and opportunity. There are many individuals and organizations doing good works all over the world. I am both honored and humbled to be chosen as a CNN Hero finalist. I certainly do not help my fellow creation for the recognition or publicity. It comes from my heart and my deep belief in God. Our fellow creations who are surviving in this recession are the true heroes, not me. God Bless Everyone,
The Time is Now to HelpAugust blessings matching grant equals $50,000September 22, 2011I 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: $14,842.76We 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.
The Time is Now for HelpOne last hope for helpSeptember 15, 2011Dear 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?
The Time is Now to HelpMany asking for helpSeptember 08, 2011We 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.
The Time is Now to HelpOne last hope for helpSeptember 01, 2011Dear 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?
The Time is Now to HelpA grandmother helpedAugust 25, 2011Dear 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.
The Time is Now to HelpGoing through a difficult timeAugust 18, 2011Dear 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.
The Time is Now to HelpAugust $25,000 matching grantAugust 11, 2011We 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.,
The Time is Now to Help$40,000 matching grant metAugust 04, 2011Thank 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
The Time is Now to HelpI am not a heroJuly 28, 2011Several 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.