The Time is Now to Help
A week to count my blessings
December 01, 2010 | 08:00 AM
I thought I would share with you my past Thanksgiving week. It is a week known by most Americans as one that we count our blessings. Many spend their week preparing special food for their family and friends to enjoy. Others look forward to the shopping to begin the next morning. Most people are lucky to not know what I see in a typical holiday week. The hunger and poverty all around us, everywhere in America, hidden behind closed doors, needs every American to do their part.
My week began with a funeral for a young boy. The pain and emotion the family has to endure is beyond words. I pray for this family and the many other families going through the loss of a child, grandchild, brother, or sister.
After the funeral I went to visit several emergency situations. There were a number of families living without electricity, gas and water. I also answered many requests for help from single mothers and senior citizens that were in the process of eviction. I called to check on a recent recipient who is struggling with a terminal illness. She could barely speak but was able to tell me how grateful she was for the comfort of shelter and other help we provided. We eased her worry for her children as she prepared to be with God.
These calls and visits took up most of my Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday was a day for delivering food, turkey, stuffing, vegetables, gravy, dessert, to many that would do without if The Time Is Now To Help was not there with a group of volunteers. In a short time we had to visit 15 families that were not going to have a Thanksgiving dinner. These families were looking at boiled noodles or cereal for their special day. We also were able to deliver a full meal to several handicapped individuals. Several families living in motels due to eviction were very grateful to have a hot meal in their rooms with their children.
Thanksgiving day I spent with some more home visits and phone calls to many in need. I was late for my own family meal, but I was most grateful to have a home with good food and my healthy family around me. As I prayed before I ate, I covered my eyes as I silently cried for those still in desperate need.
I spent my day after Thanksgiving getting families moved from cars to shelters. A young family with a newborn baby was brought to my attention by another great charity, Side by Side. Together we provided emergency shelter. I thank God for all of you who care and share. How can we turn our heads and look the other way with so much pain around us? As some people were hunting the best bargain in electronics, I was hoping to not find another household living without electricity, food, heat, hope.
My last call of the week was to help an injured goose. I cannot turn away from any of God's creation in pain. A friend was walking their dog and came upon a lone goose with a broken wing. It was in pain and confused. Its flock had left for the winter and she could not leave with them. How it survived alone on a frozen pond I do not know. I gathered several friends and caught it. I called my dear friend Yvonne from Fellow Mortals and she said bring it over. We let the goose out of the box I had it in and it seemed to look at us with relief. The same relief I often see in the people we offer assistance to. It seems all of God's creation can be grateful for a helping hand when needed. The wild goose was so grateful; she calmed right down and sat on my lap. It is up to us to not turn away when we see the pain and suffering around us.
Helping others and doing God's will is my mission. It was once asked, "'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?" We all know the answer, "When you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!"
I cannot tell anyone to help others, you have to have the desire to do good, love one another, in your heart. I am only a conduit to connect our fellow creations living in pain and poverty, to your Caring and Sharing. Please, please help me provide the food, shelter, utilities, toiletries, transportation, clothing, hope and love to all good neighbors in desperate need.
It is refreshing to receive notes from our supporters encouraging us to continue on with our mission to help. It reminds me I am not alone in wanting to help the many fellow American's struggling at this time. I feel you with me at every visit. I feel you with me when I hold the hand of a scared and lonely senior citizen. I feel you with me when I offer comfort to the sick and suffering. I know you are with me when I help a disabled person when they are full of fear from poverty. God bless you for helping.
As I finished my Thanksgiving week of assistance I again bowed my head in prayer for the many blessings God has bestowed upon me. I am healthy, I am strong, I am able to continue on with the work God has set before me. I thank all of you for your kindness in Caring & Sharing what you have been blessed with to help our fellow creations. I alone cannot help all those who have reached out to us for help. Please help.
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.
A Very Special Thank You: Mark & Natalie Reno, Joan Scialabba, Michael & Sue Borden, Martin Business Group, Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, GoodSearch, Paul Ziegler, Dick & Jean Honeyager, Martin O'Brien, Dora Sieben, Bonita Breit, Michael & Tamela Dunn, Johanna Sterken, Lee & Barb Zuzanek, Anthony & Lenore Pavlick, Michael & Phyllis Patek, Jack & Mary Lou Mc Kinney, John & Kristi Hugunin, Hedwig Spaight, Kenneth & Nova Kyburz, Donald & Judy Bouffiou, Marvin & Audrey Hersko, Howard & Maureen Gleason, Ellen Flanagan, Gerald & Thelma Meyer, Margarie Egger, Laina Papenfus in honor of her parents Tim & Dani Brellenthins 45th Wedding Anniversary, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, and all the God loving volunteers of all our caring food pantries. Please visit: www.timeisnowtohelp.org