The Time is Now to Help
Together helping Americans in need
October 06, 2010 | 08:02 AM
I am happy to announce a new matching grant opportunity. We have been blessed with the "Fall 2010 $10,000 Matching Grant" to begin immediately. Thank you, God's Angels for your continued support during these harsh economic times. The assistance we will be able to provide will be a blessing to the many hungry and nearly homeless families, seniors, children, and handicapped fellow creations waiting for our helping hand. Thank you for this matching grant and for being an inspiration to Care and Share.
I am 85 and I am going through a very stressful time. I moved here to live closer to my only son. I was struggling to get by on my own out of state. I do not drive and I have a hard time walking. My son helped me to get a small, low-income apartment. He helped me move in last summer. It was much better for me with his help. He could only come on Saturday's when he was off of work. He would take me shopping if I could afford it or to the food pantry. He helped me pay my bills when I couldn't afford to.
Now my son is very ill and cannot help me any longer. He had a severe heart attack and is in the hospital. The doctor's say he may not recover. I do not know what to do. I have been using a cab to take me to the hospital but I can't afford to do that anymore. I did not pay my electric bill and I am living without my prescription medications. Please help me.
I called the number on this letter immediately. I could feel her fear and desperation emanating from the page. The phone was answered after many rings. It sounded like the woman was out of breath. I introduced myself and the woman said, "Oh thank God it's you. I have been waiting for you to call. I have a hard time walking and thought you would hang up before I could reach the phone. Thank you for calling me." She immediately invited me over to talk.
I had visited the low-income apartments she resided in before so I knew right where I was going. When I arrived I saw a woman with a walker standing outside the door, even though it was a cool evening. She took my hand in hers and said, "Praise God. He has answered my prayers." She slowly led the way to her apartment.
Inside was a very small, tidy apartment. It was sparsely furnished but trying to maneuver a walker around the small interior would have been difficult with any more furnishings. We sat to talk. She started to cry as she told me about her son. She said he had been having chest pains for months but could not afford to see a doctor. She would plead with him to go, but he also told her he could not take off of work or he would be let go. She said he had been under a lot of stress, working longer hours, with pay reductions and no benefits. Then he had a massive heart attack.
He was going to be in the hospital for a long time yet and then hopefully a rehab center. He had suffered a stroke as well and that made his recovery much harder. She felt lost without his assistance. I asked her if she had anyone else to help her. She said her son was the only family she had left. Her husband had died years ago. She was dealing with this medical and financial crisis all on her own.
I went over her bills with her and showed her where we could help. I pointed out some areas where she could receive additional assistance she was not aware of. I called two of our volunteers to see if they would take turns driving this lovely woman to visit her son in the hospital. They were more than willing to do this for her. They also offered to bring a meal or two whenever they drove her and to take her food shopping if needed. The Time Is Now To Help provided her with some food gift certificates as well.
We brought her electric bill up to date. I asked when she had last eaten and she said she had eaten some dry cereal that morning. Since it was now nearly six in the evening I was concerned. I told her I had to run a quick errand and I would be right back. I arrived back shortly with hot food and some extra food for the next week. She was overwhelmed with our generosity. I told her to sit and I got her out a plate and silverware. I watched as she ate heartily for what must have been the first good meal in a long time. I never get over the look of hunger on our fellow Americans' faces.
The fact that it is 2010 in our great United States of America, and 50 million Americans are going hungry, breaks my heart. Our politicians have failed us. They send trillions of dollars overseas, while the people they represent are starving. This poor 85 year old widow is one of these people that had worked most her life, and is now starving, forgotten, and alone. Thank God we are there to help.
After she ate I went over our plan of assistance one more time and told her I would check on her. After several days the senior woman was happy to report her son was doing a little better. She loved her new friends, our volunteers that had generously driven her to the hospital and food shopping. They had already formed quite a bond.
God Bless all of you for providing us with the help necessary to help our fellow creation's in desperate need, so many of them are struggling harder than most of us can even imagine. It is hard enough being handicapped, a senior citizen, all alone, in a good economy. The struggles are made much harder now due to our failing economy and further cuts in assistance.
Thank you for your Caring and Sharing. Together we make a tremendous difference in removing the pains of poverty, giving hope, compassion, and sustenance to our fellow creations.
Health & Happiness, God Bless Everyone, W.C.
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