We may not be hurting, others areMay 05, 2011Dear W.C.,
I have had to move into my sister's basement. I was unable to pay my rent or utilities. I was evicted and would be homeless with my son and daughter, if not for my sister's help. She is a single mother working two jobs just to make ends meet. I am embarrassed and ashamed to be asking for charity. I have raised both my children and was always able to pay my bills. Due to the recession, the company I worked for closed, after being employed there for over 15 years. I lost my job and my dignity. Please help.
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 HelpSummertime Foundation $5,000 matching grant = $10,000 poverty assistanceApril 28, 2011Thank you to everyone that contributed to The Summertime Foundation $5,000 Matching Grant. This matching grant enabled us to provide $10,000 in assistance to many struggling poverty stricken fellow Americans. These funds kept eight families from becoming homeless. The donations allowed six families to keep their lights and heat on. We helped a family get their car in running order to enable the father to keep his much needed job. We provided five families with gas cards for their cars. With gas prices so high, it is a daily struggle to keep gas in the car. We provided many families with food. The high cost of gas and utilities has cut into many families food budgets. The following is a breakdown of how your donations were put to work to help our fellow creations. Thank you again for Caring & Sharing. Together we have eased the pains of poverty for our fellow creations. God Bless you for helping.
The Time is Now to HelpFinding love, respect in tough timesApril 21, 2011Dear W.C., My utility bill has been too high for me to keep up with most of the winter. I have made a few small payments towards the bill but could not catch up. Now I will be disconnected in a few weeks. The utility company was unable to disconnect my gas and electric during the winter months. Now that spring is here they can begin disconnections again. How will I keep my children warm? I have tried to get back on a budget plan but since I was on one once before and was late with one payment they will not allow it. If my utilities are disconnected I will lose my lease and be evicted also. I have a work-related injury that has plagued me for the last two years. I have exhausted all workmen’s comp and unemployment. I have been trying to receive disability. My doctor still does not want me to go back to my job in nursing due to the spine and nerve damage I have but what are my options? If I go back my doctor says I risk permanent damage. I feel like it is permanent damage now because even after several operations and physical therapy I am still in constant pain. I have a part-time job that pays minimum wage just to try and keep up with rent and food. It does not go far. I don’t know where else to turn.
The Time is Now to HelpToo much pride to ask for helpApril 14, 2011Dear W.C., I have a friend that is having a very hard time feeding her children and keeping up with her rent. She does not know I am writing to you on her behalf. She is a good hardworking mom and has too much pride to write to The Time Is Now for help. I know because I have suggested it several times and her reply is always that she could never do that. She always says that she is not that bad off but I see how little she eats, I know she is behind on her rent, and I know her children need clothes and shoes. Her youngest child was born with some health problems that have put a real financial strain on the family. It also put a strain on her marriage and her husband walked out on her and the children several months ago.
The Time is Now to HelpWoman has no other optionsApril 07, 2011Dear W.C., I have a young son with multiple handicaps. I have been raising him on my own ever since his father left. While my son is at his school are the only hours I can work and bring in a meager income for us. This extra income beyond our assistance helps to pay for our food and car expenses. We could not get by without it. My ex-husband has moved away and can’t be found to pay child support. When they make budget cuts do they not realize how it affects people like me, living on the edge of poverty, with no other options?
The Time is Now to HelpSenior worried for the futureMarch 31, 2011Dear W.C., I am very distressed by what I see going on in our great country. I am a senior woman who has raised four children on my own after my husband died. I have always considered myself a working middle class citizen. I am very proud that all my children worked their way through high school and then college. Three graduated with degrees and student loans, and one has served his country proudly in the military. Now I watch them struggle to keep or get employment. They are all good, smart, hard working adults, yet I see their future will be very hard. My daughter is a teacher and will be lucky if she still has a job next year. My son is in the military as his family struggles financially. My oldest son lost his job at the beginning of the recession and is now working a low paying job that he is lucky to have. My other daughter serves tables just making it week to week. Her four-year college degree does not mean anything without any jobs.
The Time is Now to HelpSenior faces truth about roommateMarch 24, 2011Dear W.C.,I am a senior man with medical problems. I met what I thought was a nice middle aged man but was taken advantage of. I admit I trusted him too much but he seemed like an honest man. He was renting the extra room in my house. It helped me make my bills and it was nice having someone around to help with the chores. He would clean up the house and grocery shop for me. Since I have a hard time driving I let him take my car to run errands and look for work. He ended up crashing my car and leaving without notice. He never paid me for the last two months rent. I had sent him to the bank to pay some bills and make some deposits for me and they were never done. He even stole some of my personal belongings and medications.
The Time is Now to HelpNew home for special familyMarch 03, 2011Dear W.C.,My husband and I are struggling to get by. We are in our 30s and have two young children. I have been unable to work due to illness. I have been battling breast cancer for several years. I have been through surgeries and chemo. I did not have health insurance. Since I was young I thought I would be fine without it. It was one more expense we couldn’t afford even when both my husband and I were working full-time. I tried to return to work but ended up back in the hospital.I receive disability. My husband’s employer cut his hours due to the economy. He pleaded with him to work longer hours but they could not afford to pay him. We have fallen behind on our utilities and our car needs repairs. I will be trying to pay my medical bills off for years, if I live that long. My doctors are not very optimistic on my outcome and I have had to come to terms with not being able to beat this disease. I worry every day about being able to buy food, pay our rent and utilities, and leaving behind this financial mess for my husband and children.
The Time is Now to HelpSummertime Foundation matching grant setFebruary 24, 2011We are very happy to announce Summertime Foundation has again graciously given us the opportunity of a $5,000 Matching Grant. These funds are desperately needed right now to offer assistance to the many poverty stricken in our local communities. Please consider donating at this time, knowing your funds will be matched dollar for dollar by the Summertime Foundation. Thank you for continuing to support our mission during these difficult economic times. Your Caring & Sharing is enabling us to offer assistance to children, senior citizens and disabled fellow creations living in the daily struggle of poverty. Thank you to the Summertime Foundation for this fundraising opportunity. Dear W.C.,
The Time is Now to HelpIll daughter changes life for grandmotherFebruary 17, 2011Dear W.C.,I have been a self sufficient hard-working person my whole life. Then last year everything changed when my daughter became ill with cancer. She was living in an apartment, working, and raising two young boys. It was obvious she was going to need my help. I had no idea how ill she would become from her treatments. It broke my heart to watch how bravely she battled this terrible disease. She always remained positive around her boys, even when I knew it took every ounce of strength just to ask what they did in school. My grandchildren’s father left several years ago and my daughter has been raising the boys herself since. I was always proud of what a great job she did as a hard-working single mother.
The Time is Now to HelpChristmas 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.