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The Time is Now to HelpFebruary 02, 2012This letter marks our 450th column we've shared with all of you. It has been a labor of love and emotions sharing these moments with all of you. It has brought some unexpected media attention this year and an overwhelming amount of requests for assistance as our country has slipped further into a recession.
Many people are desperate for help. I never realized how our compassion, our networking, the assistance we all offer through The Time Is Now To Help, would be shared by the world. My hope is that we have inspired many across this great nation of ours, and the world, to open their hearts to helping others, to use their talents and energies to bring about a positive change removing the pains of poverty.
I have received thousands of emails, letters ... and yes many who are motivated to start their own God loving charity networking with good people, like we have. God bless all of you for making The Time Is Now To Help a truly recognized charity making big differences in our fellow creations lives.
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 HelpLife used to be goodJanuary 26, 2012Dear W.C.,Could you please help my wife and children? Our family was blessed with health and both my wife and I had good jobs. We had a nice house and two cars. Now two years later everything has changed.
On the edge of homelessnessJanuary 19, 2012Dear W.C.,Could you please help my family? We are living in a motel room for the next two weeks and after that we will be homeless. We lost our home to foreclosure after I was injured in a car accident and lost my job. My unemployment did not cover all our expenses and I was denied disability. Everything went downhill fast. I tried to just keep food on the table and the utilities paid so my two children would not do without heat and food. I tried to save our home but I could not make the payments while unemployed and trying to rehabilitate from my injuries. I sold all our belongings just to have enough money to pay for a motel room for a few weeks. The only thing we have left is some clothing and my older car that isnít worth much.
The Time is Now to HelpA familyís loss from cancerJanuary 12, 2012Dear W.C., I am very worried about the family next door. They have three beautiful children. The mother has been battling cancer for several years. I spoke to the father several days ago and he confessed to me that his wife only has a few months left to live. He broke down in tears and I didnít know what to say. Then he told me how they were struggling financially and were about to lose their car. I felt so inadequate but then remembered The Time Is Now To Help and knew there was something I could do to help them. I decided to write this letter on this familyís behalf. They are very deserving good people. I am filled with grief over what these children will have to endure when their mother passes on. I pray for this family every day. Please look in on this family.
The Time is Now to HelpToo close to homelessJanuary 05, 2012We are very happy to announce a new matching grant opportunity for the New Year. Fox Charities has graciously offered a $25,000 Matching Grant to begin immediately. Thank you to Fox Charities for supporting our mission of providing assistance to the many poverty stricken children, senior citizens, elderly, and working poor in our midst. For every dollar you donate, it will be matched, doubling your impact of helping our fellow creations. What a wonderful way for The Time Is Now To Help to begin 2012. Dear W.C.,
The Time is Now to HelpHelping 500 in needDecember 29, 2011What an exciting year this has been for The Time Is Now To Help. We have networked good fellow Americanís that want to make a difference. We have crossed paths with amazing people, shared in many wonderful events, and been graced with overwhelming appreciation and love. We thank God daily for bringing us these blessings. We also are saddened by the many faces of poverty we have seen this year. Many of their faces stay with me long after I have left their homes. The children with cancer, the senior citizens living without, the forgotten handicapped ... more than 500 different fellow Americans we have given assistance to this year, changing their lives for the better. The best thing to come out of the CNN Heroes experience was the attention we brought to a problem that exists behind closed doors. Where ever you go in our wondrous nation and around the world you will find people living without the most basic needs.
The Time is Now to HelpStolen identity, hope renewedDecember 22, 2011Dear W.C.,I am a property manager. I am very concerned about one of our senior citizen residents. She is behind in her rent and I have not seen her for several weeks. I noticed her car was missing for several days and did not see any lights on. I stopped by to check on her. I was very worried about what she told me. She said her identity had been stolen and all her money was gone. She told me her car was missing. When I asked if she had any family or friends to help, she said she didnít. Could you please check on this woman as she has always been a good woman and good neighbor. A Concerned Property Manager
The Time is Now to HelpAn honor, priviledgeDecember 15, 2011I hope you were able to watch the CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute special on CNN this past Sunday. While Sal/The Time Is Now to Help did not win the top 2011 CNN Heroes award of $250,000, we are still grateful for the $50,000 and the honor of being chosen as a top 10 CNN Hero for 2011. It is such a huge honor for our charity to be recognized as a CNN Hero for 2011. Never would I have ever dreamed that The Time Is Now To Help would be seen on CNN all over the world. I am so grateful to all my supporters, voters, donors, volunteers, friends, and family that helped to make this possible. We have achieved this honor together. We have shown the world that human suffering has no borders or boundaries. We have also shown the world when harmony exists among people, together we can bring love to our fellow creations and solve problems quickly.Congratulations to the 2011 CNN Hero Robin Lim. She is a wonderful woman and will save many lives with the funds awarded by CNN. I am honored to be considered a top ten CNN Hero and to be among the other worthy causes and individuals that were also chosen as CNN Heroes for 2011. Every one of them works hard to alleviate suffering for our fellow creations. I feel privileged and humbled to be part of such a wonderful group of caring and sharing people.
The Time is Now to HelpHoping to be top CNN HeroDecember 08, 2011We are in the final week before the ďCNN Heroes: An All-Star TributeĒ show airs live on CNN at 7 p.m. Dec. 11. It has been a whirlwind of activity for The Time Is Now to Help. I thank everyone who took the time to vote for me/The Time Is Now To Help over the last few months. We thank CNN that our charity has been recognized internationally for the good works all of ďusĒ do in our communities. If we are not chosen as the top honoree, we will be grateful for the $50,000 that CNN will award The Time Is Now To Help next week. Also the honor of our charity bringing to light the plight of so many in our country right now. Every penny of these funds will help the many, many fellow creations turning to us in desperation. I was thinking back on all the stories I brought to you since CNN began their filming. There were many people that were provided assistance that CNN did not put in the film.
The Time is Now to HelpMoney helps communityDecember 01, 2011The Fall Summertime Foundation $10,000 Matching Grant = $20,000 Poverty AssistanceThank you to everyone that contributed to The Fall Summertime Foundation $10,000 Matching Grant. This matching grant enabled us to provide $20,000 in assistance to many struggling poverty stricken fellow Americans. As families all over the United States sat down to a delicious Thanksgiving meal, many went hungry. As the weather becomes colder, many senior citizens, handicapped, and children face possible eviction and/or are living without utilities. So many people are unable to have their cars repaired and face loss of their job. Your donations, combined with The Summertime Foundationís generous matching funds, prevented many from facing great hardship. Thank you for your continued support of our mission The Time Is Now to Help and thank you for Caring & Sharing. Together we have eased the pains of poverty for our fellow creations. God Bless you for helping. THIS IS HOW WE HELPED:
The Time is Now to HelpOur solution is loveNovember 24, 2011The good news of what we are accomplishing together, helping our fellow creations, is moving people all over the world. It is wonderful to share with both CNN and CBS what The Time Is Now to Help accomplishes on an everyday basis. Everything could have stopped after one visit from CNN, after three visits their interest keeps growing. Last week CBSí Steve Hartman spent a long day with us filming for his segment on the CBS Evening News called On the Road. Now Fox News has asked me to come to their studio to do a live Thanksgiving Day presentation. It is absolutely wonderful that our caring and sharing for our fellow creations is turning heads all over the world. In the midst of recession, political fighting, we are showing the world how we have come together in harmony, doing Godís will to love one another. When CNN was in town taping their program to air on the CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute on Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. CST on CNN, I did a follow up visit to a family that is struggling with the head of the household who is now a quadriplegic. He was once a healthy man, but a disease set in and is progressively paralyzing his entire body, even into his vocal cords. I do have handicapped people that I occasionally check on because they are in situations where they are just making ends meet. If a requirement comes up for one of those necessities of life, it throws their budget off and they fall behind. When I drove up to their house I noticed their handicapped van had severely deteriorated. The rust had progressed to the point my whole arm could go through the side of the van. When I opened the door I noticed rust had permeated along with the moisture inside of the van. The roof was rusting in. The entire van was in very poor shape.