The Time is Now to Help
Neighbors in serious need of help
December 08, 2010 | 08:07 AM
I am writing in behalf of my neighbors. The husband is 83 and the wife is 78. They have been raising their granddaughter. Several years ago the granddaughter's parents were killed in a car accident. They do their best to raise her. The 78-year-old worked hard until a year ago when she was let go from her job. It has been impossible for her to find another job when there are so many younger people looking for jobs as well. I know their electricity is turned off. I wish I could help them but I am struggling to keep my own electricity on. Could you please help them?
A Concerned Neighbor
I visited the grandparents and granddaughter during the afternoon. Knowing they did not have electricity I arrived as soon as I could. When I knocked on the door it was opened by a young girl. I could hear a woman ask from the other room, "Who is there dear?" I assumed I was being greeted by the granddaughter and introduced myself. The granddaughter grinned and shouted, "It's W.C. Grandma. He has come to help us." The grandma hurried over, and pulled me inside with a hug. She said, "I recognize you from all your pictures in the newspaper. My neighbor has been telling us all about you and showing us your picture." I offered my identification anyway.
We all sat in the living room by the window since it was so dim inside. I reached for a light switch and attempted to turn it on. I asked how long they had been living without electricity. The grandmother looked down in shame and said, "For several months." I asked how they got by so long without it. The grandmother said she had purchased some candles at a garage sale and that was what they had been using. She also said they did not have much food and what they had was not perishable. They drank powdered milk and ate canned soup and noodles from the food pantry. They also ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches when they were able to get bread.
After I calculated a budget I informed the grandparents that they should have applied for financial assistance for the grandchild. They were never informed about the financial aid and were struggling very hard without it. I networked them to someone who could help with the paperwork, but it would take weeks.
I asked if they had a car. The grandmother said she had a very old car but they did not have money to put gas in it. It also did not have heat due to a repair she could not afford.
The grandmother told me even when they were feeling very sad over the loss of their daughter and son-in-law, the granddaughter always loved them back to life. The grandma said, "It is hard to feel old and negative around this granddaughter of mine. She is so full of love for us. She keeps me going even when I want to give up. She makes me believe we will get out of this situation and encourages me to look on the bright side of everything." I could easily see they shared a very special bond.
I thought how strong they were. Their love for one another was keeping them focused on getting through their poverty-stricken life. The granddaughter said, "We cried for two years after my parents died in the car accident. Then one day my grandparents and I talked about how very much my parents loved us and they would want us to be happy. We decided we would love happiness back into one another. My grandfather, who talked very little after the accident, started talking to us again. We were doing fine until my grandmother lost her job. I used to be sad when my grandmother came home after work and would be so tired. After my grandmother lost her job, she got very sick. It is tough living day to day, but we'll make it." I had to ask, "How old are you?" The granddaughter replied, "Fifteen." The grandmother piped in, "Going on thirty." With a big smile. I said, "I know your granddaughter is very intuitive and intelligent. Obviously her love for her grandparents has made her very wise." The 15-year-old granddaughter was beaming, and deservedly so.
Together, The Time Is Now To Help, got their electricity turned back on, filled their cabinets with food, and got them a new refrigerator. We also got a volunteer to help them apply for financial assistance due to the deceased parents and other financial aid. We got their car repaired, filled it with gas, and supplied them with several gas vouchers. We supplied the granddaughter with new clothes for school since the best she had was very worn and out grown.
We supplied much needed household items, sheets, towels, small appliances, and toiletries. When I had looked around their apartment I noticed everything was very old, broken, or nonexistent. They had been living very frugally for years in fear of becoming homeless. Even though they shared a strong bond of love that brought them happiness, they all broke down in tears after my walk through. I told them, "All the people who support The Time Is Now To Help are going to turn on your electricity, provide you with food, fix your car ...." I have seen people cry like this very often, they were tears of relief, relief from their day to day struggle from the pains of poverty and fear of homelessness. Together we make our communities a better place to live. Now we need our politicians to do more by, for, and of the people, like Senator Neal Kedzie. God Bless all of you.
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.
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