Christmas wish $25,000 matching grant = $50,000 in assistanceFebruary 10, 2011"Thank You" to everyone that contributed to the Christmas Wish $25,000 Matching Grant. With your generosity and the generous donors of the matching funds, we were able to provide $50,000 in much needed assistance to the many struggling poverty stricken in our area. This matching grant was a Christmas Wish answered for those in need of assistance. It seems as though with every visit and phone call I make the need is greater, the desperation more intense, the fear and hunger magnified. Many hours of research, phone calls, counseling, and prayer went into each of these visits. The recession is driving our fellow American's into a depression behind their closed doors. Their tears and fears are a reality that breaks my heart continuously.
My goal is always to bring the emergency assistance needed, as soon as possible, to put people back on their feet again with dignity. We have offered them relief from that daily struggle and they can now get through this winter warm and fed thanks to your generosity.
With this column we are also sharing our 400th column. It is hard to believe we have been sharing this mission with all our caring and sharing readers for that long. So many of our neighbors and fellow creations have been given the assistance they so desperately needed, thanks to our devoted readers/donors.
A deserving family in needJanuary 20, 2011Dear W.C.,
I know a family that is having a very hard time. I know they are late on their rent. They have two young children. The father lost his job last summer. The mother was hit by a hit-and-run driver and was left handicapped. They do not receive enough assistance from disability and unemployment. Due to all the medical bills and threats from the bill collectors they have been left broke. I have known this family for many years and know they are good people.
They have always lived frugally and have a devout belief in God. They do not have gas for their car. I have offered to drive them on several occasions but they have declined. I think they are too embarrassed to accept any help. They have even declined my requests to visit due to their embarrassment of not being able to afford heat. I do not know how they are feeding everyone and keeping a roof over their heads. Please help this deserving family.
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The Time is Now to HelpCouple falling farther behindFebruary 03, 2011Dear W.C.,We find ourselves falling farther and farther behind. My husband had a stroke last year leaving him paralyzed on one side and impairing his speech. He is on disability but that does not cover our bills. I used to be able to work overtime hours at my job to help make ends meet but my employer had to cut back on everyoneís hours. Now I am not even able to get in enough hours a week necessary to be eligible for health insurance benefits. We cannot afford to pay insurance on our own. We canít even afford to pay our car insurance which is required. I got pulled over last week for an expired registration and received a ticket for both the expired registration and lack of insurance. How can I drive to work if I am not allowed to drive my car? I also have to drive my husband to physical therapy. We have a thirteen year old daughter. She is such a good girl. Last week she insisted on giving me her baby sitting money to help out. She has caught me crying several times over our situation and has asked me what she can do to help. There seem to be no opportunities in this recession. For the first time in our life we are lost.Please help.
The Time is Now to HelpSenior in emergency situationJanuary 27, 2011Dear W.C.,I have seen an elderly woman outside with her dog by her trailer. She looks very destitute and I am very worried about her. She seems very thin and frail. Her trailer is in very bad shape. It is always dark when I go by so I worry that her utilities are disconnected. I donít know what to do about this poor woman and I worry about her all the time. I have left a few bags of food for her and her dog on her stairs anonymously. I am unfortunately not in the position to offer much financial help myself as I just get by month to month and I have three children. I offered to help her with household cleaning and repairs once but she turned me away. I think she is embarrassed and does not trust my good intentions. I know you are very good with people in this position.
The Time is Now to HelpStruggling after taking in grandchildrenJanuary 13, 2011Dear W.C.,I donít know who else to turn to. I am caring for my grandchildren. My daughter began to drink. She was not caring for her children properly so I stepped in to care for them. At one time she was an excellent mom. When her husband left her for another woman she changed. She was deeply hurt by his deception. Since he left he has never visited the children. He has never paid any child support. Unfortunately my daughter fell in with a group of friends that liked to drink every weekend. I would care for my grandchildren every weekend just to make sure they were properly cared for. Now she has run off with a man and not come back. I filed for custody of the kids. I love these kids with all my heart and do not want them to end up in foster care. I will give them the loving care they need. The children should not have to suffer due to their parentís irresponsibility. I am having a hard time financially paying my rent, utilities, food, and other expenses like child care when I go to work. Can you please help us?
The Time is Now to HelpDisabled woman receives needed helpJanuary 06, 2011Dear W.C.,I am writing to ask for help for the disabled person I care for. I recently took over the full-time care of a woman who is very disabled. I took over the job for a friend of mine when they said they could no longer care for her. This disabled woman does not receive enough disability or assistance to make ends meet. She does not have the equipment, such as a hoist, or even a proper wheelchair, to make caring for her even safe. My friend who left the job was not caring for her properly due to injuring her back while lifting her into her old wheelchair. I canít believe there is not more assistance available for her. It would be much more costly for the state to place her in a home, and this woman does not want to be in a home. I took over the job only because I am out of work right now and I need to put food on the table.
The Time is NowTragedy strikes young familyDecember 30, 2010Dear W.C.,My family is in desperate need of help. My husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He has been having problems for nearly a year and we did not know why. Since we did not have health insurance we could not afford a visit to a doctor. One night several weeks ago he was so bad he passed out and I called an ambulance. After a week in the hospital and many tests they tell us he has a cancerous brain tumor. How does something like this happen to a man in his 30s with two young children? They said he waited so long to get treated it is too late. They want to do some radiation to shrink the tumor but it is too late for surgery.
The Time is Now to HelpA Christmas wish come trueDecember 23, 2010As we begin our busy Christmas week I find myself again counting my blessings. Thanks to your generosity we have been able to assist over 1,000 fellow creations this past year. I am grateful for the many senior citizens we kept from homelessness, hunger, darkness, and loneliness, removing their desperate fear and pain of poverty. I am thankful for the assistance we were able to offer many handicapped people. For those who can no longer walk, have lost their eyesight, have suffered injuries they will never recover from, who are physically broken, yet still struggling in poverty, we have been there to help with compassion. I am grateful for your help in providing individuals struggling with terminal diseases, giving them peace of mind knowing they could have electricity, heat, food, and shelter during their final moments. Every one of these people touched my heart and I could not have helped them alone. Every time we offered our fellow Americanís assistance they so desperately needed it felt like Christmas to me. It was the gift of love, doing Godís will, celebrating together, making a difference, offering compassion, Caring and Sharing all year long.
The Time is Now to HelpYoung mother reunites with parentsDecember 16, 2010Dear W.C.,I moved to this area over a year ago to get away from a difficult situation. It is very hard for me to talk about what has happened to me over the last few years. Just three years ago I was a happy college student looking forward to what life had to offer. I loved school and was looking forward to a career as a teacher one day. I also liked to have fun with my friends. One night I went to a party off campus with several of my girlfriends. We had promised to stick together and watch out for each other. I felt uncomfortable as soon as I walked in the party. I should have left right then and there but my friends convinced me to stay. Soon my friends had found some guys to talk to and were sharing drinks with them. They brought me a drink too and I did not want to drink it. I told my friends I didnít want to drink it but they said it was OK they had watched them fill the glass. I wish I did not drink it. I donít remember much after that.
The Time is Now to HelpNeighbors in serious need of helpDecember 09, 2010Dear W.C.,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 granddaughterís 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?
The Time is Now to HelpA week to count my blessingsDecember 02, 2010Dear Readers,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.
The Time is Now to HelpCounting our blessingsNovember 25, 2010Dear W.C.My family is on the verge of eviction. My husband lost his job and we are unable to pay our rent. I donít know where else to turn for help. Everywhere we go for help has a long line of people going through the same thing we are. I had a baby six weeks ago and had a difficult pregnancy. I had to quit my job and stay on bed rest for the last few months of my pregnancy. I live in fear of being homeless with my newborn baby girl.