November 16, 2011 | 07:17 AMDear Readers,
We are happy to announce we have successfully matched The Fall Summertime Foundation $10,000 Matching Grant. In the near future we will share with you how every penny of the $20,000 was spent. We continue to be overwhelmed with requests for assistance and are very grateful for you continued support. Thank you for your generosity and caring and sharing for your fellow creation.
We are currently in the midst of a lot of media attention. This week we will be filming an episode of On the Road with Steve Hartman, to air this Friday, Nov. 18, on the CBS Evening News. We will be sharing with Steve Hartman several visits with our local struggling poverty stricken fellow Americans. We hope this brings more awareness to our mission and to the plight of our country. Our hope and prayer is for other people to be inspired to do what they can in their own communities to help the less fortunate.
Due to many requests for the remainder of our column from two weeks previous, we have asked the Lake Geneva Regional News to run part two of the CNN story. It was only available online due to the length of the column and many people said they did not have online access. We will be giving you more information about their visits in upcoming columns.
Please continue to vote for Sal for CNN Hero 2011 at www.cnnheroes.com. We only have a few more weeks to show our support. You can vote up to ten times a day per email address and facebook account. The $250,000 award would be very beneficial for our fellow Americans in desperate need. Thank you for voting.
Here is the remainder of the column from the Nov. 3 edition that was cut for space considerations.
While the new living location for the widow was being prepared she was taken for a much needed makeover. You may ask how? We instilled our true feelings of caring into the widow's heart. These feelings of trust and love are so important. This was easy because we shared a common belief with the widow and it was God, the feeling of goodness towards one another. We helped the widow, through a government agency that truly believes in what they stand for. They helped groom her. We provided new clothing. We took the widow to the beauty salon. A saint of a person completely changed her appearance and restored her self-confidence. She removed two feet of matted hair and gave her a short style that changed her appearance. I looked straight into the eyes of the elderly widow, asked if that was really her, and for the first time she smiled and even laughed. I gave her a hug and together our eyes swelled with tears of relief and happiness.
I took CNN to another stop to visit an old friend who owns a furniture store. I informed the owner of our dilemma with the elderly widow and how we needed to furnish a place within a matter of hours. The owner told me all his trucks were out including all his helpers. I immediately called for a truck driver, I was told the driver would have the truck at the furniture store in 20 minutes. I did my usual sprint throughout the store. With the help of the owners expertise we picked out the furniture. At that moment I needed more help. I graciously asked this six person CNN crew to help. Five of the six started caring the furniture from all over the store to the back loading area all while the sixth CNN person took pictures in disbelief. The CNN director asked, "Does anyone ever tell you no?" I said, "You could have been the first why are you helping?" He told me, with a big smile, "How could anyone not want to be part of this. It feels real good to help and be part of the widow's transformation." The owner of the furniture store gave us incredible pricing and included a few free pieces for the widow.
We set the furniture up putting everything in its place. The widow's new cabinets were filled with food and her refrigerator was also filled. Other volunteers, now bringing the total to about eighteen, had gone shopping for toiletries, bedding, household necessities, a new vacuum, pots and pans, small appliances, washer and dryer… Everything needed to put life back into our fellow creation.
Everything was all set. The volunteer who brought the elderly widow to my attention brought her to her new place. Together we walked her in. She was wondering where she was. She was handed the key and was told, "This, dear, is your new home." She froze in place, staring with her mouth open. After almost a minute, which seemed like forever to me, she finally broke down crying. In a soft shaking voice she asked, "Mine?" I told her yes, your place to live. Still in disbelief we walked around showing her, her new place. Still in a slight state of shock, I sat her in her new chair. She looked up at me and started to cry. We hugged, then I invited all the volunteers to come back in and we had a welcome home party. The widow was so happy. I explained to her, and CNN, this is the only way The Time Is Now is able to help and that is by all of you, our supporters making things happen.
It took a day and half to complete the transformation of the widows life. For many it seems very quick, but I could not help the impoverished elderly widow fast enough. I know God is watching me, you know the goodness we all have in our hearts and minds to do the right thing. This elderly widow was brought to the attention of us at The Time Is Now to Help. This was not a show for CNN. The cameras were rolling the entire time while we made our calls to our great God caring network. The volunteers could have asked when do you need help? The volunteers could have said maybe tomorrow. The volunteers could have said they were busy… But not one volunteer said no. As caring and sharing people kept coming and going I would constantly thank God with a smile and tears in my eyes. Seeing all the volunteers happily, enthusiastically working together to quickly take away the pains of poverty for this elderly widow showed CNN how we, together, not I alone but all of us kept our own internal promise of doing good. God bless all of you for caring and sharing.
On Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. on CNN, there is one thing I want to accomplish. I want to show that all problems, as complex as they seem, can be solved by simple solutions and people coming together with a positive attitude of goodness in their heart, to accomplish by, for and of God's creations.
I want to show to the world our government needs to stop fighting amongst themselves. Even in our great United States of America our two parties spend more time arguing, debating, not working for solutions for the people… Once again I say if our government parties were a marriage we would grant them a divorce due to being destructive and non-productive. Our recession proves it, the suffering of over 50 million Americans proves it.
It is not socialism we should be afraid of. If it was not for government Social Security, so-called socialism, the elderly, the grandparents, those that bore us or our parents… Would not have their only financial lifeline. When governments fail at doing their job this is what gives us the fear of government involvement, socialism. Now, I am not saying I'm a socialist. But what I am saying is why are we providing the best health insurance, good paying jobs and giving all our tax dollars to our representatives of "Our" government if in fact we do not trust them for providing excellent decisions for all our well-being. Remember by, for and of the people? Our country is in a sad state, it is 2011 and our so-called best business minds have driven our entire country into a great recession, leaving tens of millions of Americans hungry, homeless, living in fear, having no hope, barely surviving in desperate pains of poverty. There is no excuse for this except lack of harmony to get things done by, for, and of the people.
I find young children who have joined the cry of the elderly saying they will not eat or maybe they should not be living because they cannot cause their parents or grandparents anymore suffering from not having enough food or causing extra cost to the family. I find this very upsetting! Why are these children blaming themselves! Since our independence of our great United States of America, our government made a promise and we made a promise to our government representatives. We the people have always held up our end. We live by our government laws which includes the IRS, and rightfully so. We cannot allow our poor children, our gifts from God to take the blame for their families hunger and poverty.
I pray our government officials get to work, find the simple solutions and all agree to implement those solutions as quickly as possible. If in fact our true representatives, like Neil Kedzie, would take on each problem individually, think of the people, and do what was right for the betterment of the people, our country, our beloved country, would get well fast. The complex problems the government creates is when they are faced with a single problem, the other side will not agree. Even if it's right for the people, unless the other side gives them something else they want, which is completely unrelated to the original problem/solution they are trying to solve. Our government creates its own complications, allowing the government to take months and years to solve a problem, instead of expeditiously implementing solutions, as we do with The Time Is Now to Help.
I'm sorry. Sometimes I'm told just help our poverty-stricken Americans, do not express your political feelings. How can we be silent when we see God's people suffering more and more every day? The elderly, the children, the handicapped, all good fellow Americans need our help. My heart aches for their suffering. I will continue to provide, to care, to love all Gods creations. Thank you for caring, thank you for sharing. Don't forget to vote for your CNN Hero 2011 at www.cnnheroes.com . You can vote up to ten times a day per email address and facebook account.
Health and Happiness, God Bless Everyone, WC/Sal
Please Help: Make checks payable to: The Time Is Now to Help, P.O. Box 70, Pell Lake, WI 53157. The Time Is Now to Help is a federally recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization licensed in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. You will receive a tax deductible, itemized thank you receipt showing exactly what every penny of your donation provided for the poverty stricken.
Special Events: Thanksgiving dinners for our struggling neighbors. For every $30 donated at the Lake Geneva Piggly Wiggly a full Thanksgiving turkey dinner will be supplied for a family. Your $30 donation will be matched by the Lake Geneva Jaycees, up to 100 meals. Please donate at the Lake Geneva Piggly Wiggly register.
Side by Side Fundraiser to be held at Simple Restaurant, 525 Broad St., Lake Geneva on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. Seating's at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. $10 for adults and $5 for children. All profits go directly to the poor of this area.
A Very Special Thank You: Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, Kunes' Country Ford, Mark & Natalie Reno, Dick & Jean Honeyager, Mary Kay Ring, Martin O'Brien, Lake Geneva Animal Hospital, Sue & Dan Daniels, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, and all the God loving volunteers of all our caring food pantries, ALL of you who support The Time Is Now to Help donation boxes, and the businesses that allow our donation boxes. Anyone who would like a Time Is Now donation box in your business, please call (262)249-7000.
We Desperately Need Cars: Please donate a used car to help our fellow American's get to work and other daily necessities.
Goodsearch for The Time Is Now: Search the web with www.goodsearch.com and help to raise funds for The Time Is Now to Help. Just make www.goodsearch.com your homepage and pick The Time Is Now to Help as your charity.
Please visit: www.timeisnowtohelp.org.