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Irving Young's Mama Mia

Woman struggling, in need

February 14, 2012 | 05:11 PM
Dear W.C.,

I heard you help people who are in need. My daughter is in great need of your help. She is caring for her husband who has multiple sclerosis. He used to work in construction and was such a big strong man. Now he is losing the ability to walk and talk.

He has had several relapses this past year and now he can no longer work or support his family. My daughter has a job working as a waitress and is struggling to care for her husband, children, and pay all the bills. I help as much as I can but I also must work to support myself and cannot take any more time off. I watch the children and her husband when she works nights. I know they need the income her job provides.

A Worried Mother

Dear Readers,

I called the mother to obtain some more information. She did not provide her daughter's address and telephone number.

The mother apologized for forgetting to put such important information in her letter. She said in her worry and stress over the situation she had simply forgot to include it. After we spoke about her daughter and son-in-law for some time she provided me with the information I needed to contact this family. She was crying with relief after our conversation. The mother had been living filled with stress and fear over her son-in-laws health and their growing financial struggle. She herself is a widow and living in subsidized housing for the elderly.

I contacted the daughter by telephone to set up a time to visit. The mother-in-law had filled me in on how hectic her daughter's schedule was with all her many duties. I felt it best to plan a visit to accommodate her work schedule and caring for her husband. She was very happy to have me come immediately since she had four hours before going to work. I left for their rental home right away.

In 20 minutes time I was knocking at their door. A woman in her 30s answered the door. I showed her my identification and after we spoke for a few minutes she asked me inside. She apologized for questioning my identity, but I told her I was glad she had taken such a precaution and encouraged her to always remain cautious.

With that comment I heard someone roll into the room in a wheelchair and say with a slurred speech, "You got that right. I keep telling her to be careful because I am not strong enough anymore to protect my family." I could see he said this with great sadness and loss of dignity. I turned to the man and offered my hand in greeting. He reached forward with a shaky hand and I grasped it in mine. I told him, "Just because you are in that chair, don't think you are incapable of protecting your family. You just gave me a good scare." And with that I put my hand on his back and gave him a smile. He responded with a smile of his own and I could feel his mood lighten with the vote of confidence.

After we all introduced ourselves we got down to the business of assisting this family. I went over their financial situation and reviewed all their past due and upcoming bills. We went over the work situation and assistance needed for the husband's care. They had recently been approved for financial disability help. When this assistance begins their budget would be sufficient as long as they were caught up on their past due bills. I could see with my own eyes and from what the couple had told me that his disease was progressing and not in remission. This couple hugged each other and looked at each other with such love and devotion I knew they were going to fight this battle together.

We helped this family by bringing their rent up to date. We also brought their utilities up to date and had their car repaired.

After our conversation both of them were crying in great sobs. They expressed their thankfulness through their tears. The husband tried to speak clearly enough to express his thankfulness while crying. The wife explained their fear of eviction and never being able to catch up, until our visit from The Time Is Now To Help. I do not understand why such good caring people have to endure such illness and tragedy. All I know is I am glad we, The Time Is Now To Help, were there to help these good people pick up the pieces. I am so grateful and thankful for all our caring and sharing supporters that make our assistance possible.

Our many fellow Americans in need are thankful for your generosity, Caring and Sharing. Together we make a big difference in the lives of many. God Bless all of you for making all our good works possible.

Health & Happiness, God Bless Everyone, W.C./Sal

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