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August 11, 2010 | 07:36 AM
Dear Readers,

We are very overwhelmed with requests for help at this time. I have never, in all the years of The Time Is Now to Help, received so many letters of desperation. The pain and anguish of poverty is heavy upon my heart. We are unable to help them until we receive the rest of the funding for the Richard Driehaus Matching Grant. We are over two-thirds of the way to our goal of $30,000.

We need about $8,000 more in donations and we will be able to receive our matching funds. We have so many struggling people waiting desperately for this grant. Please consider donating at this time. Your donation can make twice the impact. Every dollar you donate will be matched by another by the Richard Driehaus Matching Grant. God Bless you for Caring and Sharing.

Dear W.C.,

I am writing to you to ask for help with my bills. I am very overwhelmed and scared. I have received disconnection notices for all my utilities and an eviction notice from my landlord. This all started about four months ago when I had to go in for emergency surgery. After the surgery I was on doctor ordered bed rest for eight weeks. I did not receive any benefits or disability. Then when I returned to work they informed me my hours were cut and I was no longer a full-time employee. I fell so far behind on everything without any income for two months. I am still struggling to recover from the surgery. Could you please help me catch up so I do not become homeless?

Dear Readers,

I called the writer of this letter late one evening. I often work into the night to help those who are in need. A tired voice answered the phone. I introduced myself and asked if I was speaking to the writer of the letter to The Time Is Now to Help. She said, "Yes, that would be me. Is this really W.C.?" When I informed her that yes it was W.C. she excitedly said, "I just had a feeling you were going to call tonight." I asked her when we could talk in person and she asked, "Can you come over right now?"

I arrived at her apartment shortly after our phone conversation. A woman was waiting on a chair outside and I knew immediately it was the woman that wrote the letter. She got up from her chair slowly and walked over to shake my hand. She invited me to sit outside with her because she explained she did not have air-conditioning and it was quite hot inside. I told her I did not mind the heat and would like to see what conditions she was living in.

I get a much better feeling for people when I am in their surroundings. She did not hesitate and led the way inside. She was correct about the heat. It was very hot and humid even with the windows open. She did not have air conditioning. She said her electric was on the verge of disconnection so she did not even dare run a fan at night. In the one dim light she turned on I could see the apartment was neat and orderly. After we talked I asked if I could look around the kitchen. She answered, "Sure." I looked into her empty refrigerator and barren cabinets and knew she was in need of our assistance.

We talked about her surgery. She had been having abdominal pain but was ignoring it because she did not have health insurance. When it became too painful to ignore any longer she ended up in an emergency room. It turned out to be a very serious female problem that had to be taken care of surgically. She was not prepared for the long recuperation and having to take off work.

Her new employer was not that happy about it either and hired someone else to take her place. He did not fire her but put her in a lower paying position that was not full-time. She now would never be able to catch up without some assistance. I could see how distraught she was by the turn of events. She started to shake and cry. Not only was she dealing with her failing health, she also was in a financial crisis. I consoled her and assured her we would give her the assistance she needed to get caught up financially.

Going over her budget I could see she did not live extravagantly. She was very responsible. She had always paid her utility bills and rent on time. She did not spend much on food and had always packed a lunch for work. She confessed lately there had not been enough food. We gave her grocery gift cards. I gave her directions and information for the food pantry.

After a half hour of more communication I went to the store and returned with a good supply of food. She was overwhelmed by our compassion and started to cry as she gave me a big hug. I want to share that desperate hug of emotional gratitude with all of you. I explained to her how The Time Is Now To Help is made possible by many other loving creations of God. I told her together we share God's compassion to help.

We helped bring her rent and utilities up to date. She was beyond grateful for our assistance. I told her we felt blessed to give her this assistance. The next day I visited her boss and he was willing to help.

I called her several weeks later to see how she was doing and she sounded like a different person. She was happy to report her employer had reinstated her to a full time position with higher pay. Together we helped put the pieces of a fellow creations life back together. Thank you for helping in these very desperate times for our fellow Americans.

Please help. Please consider donating at this time as every dollar you donate will be matched by another, doubling your donation by the Richard Driehaus Matching Grant. Thank you for caring and sharing. Together we make a big difference helping our fellow creations of God.

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

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.

Gage Lake Geneva Cruise Line Helps:We have been offered another wonderful fundraising opportunity by Gage Lake Geneva Cruise Line. They are offering every Thursday evening a Cocktail Cruise to benefit The Time Is Now To Help. This cruise is available every Thursday boarding at 6:15 p.m. and returning at 8 p.m. The cruise features a highlight tour of the lake shore estates, entertainment, and a complimentary boarding beverage. When calling for reservations you need to mention code: TIN for Time Is Now and we will receive $10 of each ticket sale. Individuals, groups, or your organization will be honored for caring and sharing. What a great way to enjoy the beauty of Lake Geneva and give back to those less fortunate in our area. Call (262) 248-6206 for reservations.

A Very Special Thank You: Martin O'Brien, Emily De Baere, Dennis & Alexis Mielke, Herman & Elizabeth Gudeman, John & Vickie Geier, Ralph & Elaine Voss, Walter Myalls, William & Kimberly Basford, Thomas & Joyce Roche, Joseph Fusinato, Cathy Erikson, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, 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, pick The Time Is Now as your charity and the rest is simple.

Please visit: www.timeisnowtohelp.org.

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