July 05, 2012This week I thought I would share with you a few pages of a journal kept by one of my long time volunteers.
They shared it with me recently and I was moved to see how "our" The Time Is Now to Help affected them.
You always get only my view of our assistance and only a few have accompanied me on these very private visits.
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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Operations leave financial scarsJune 28, 2012Dear W.C.,I am writing to see if you can help my family. Two years ago my husband got very ill. He has had three operations. After the second operation he caught a staph infection at the hospital and almost died.
Obligation to disabled cousinJune 21, 2012Dear W.C.,I have a cousin who is disabled and struggling to get by. She lives on her own after many years of being dependent on her parents.
Nine years of RN lettersJune 14, 2012This column marks our ninth year of sharing our charitable works through our newspaper column The Time Is Now to Help. We have shared with you 469 letters of assistance, showing how we changed the tears of pain and fear into tears of joy and gratitude. We have shared the private and sometimes brutally honest lives of our fellow Americans struggling to survive.
Boy’s disorder, injury too muchJune 07, 2012Dear W.C.,The last few years have been extremely difficult. First my son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. He is 12-years-old years old and has been having symptoms for two years that no one could diagnose. We finally got the right diagnosis after being in and out of the hospital many times. We just adapted to the changes in our life from his disorder, then I got injured. I was helping my elderly mother with repairs around her house and injured my back when I fell off a ladder.
Where did CNN donations go?May 31, 2012We have had many people ask if the CNN Heroes donation was received and if so how it was spent to help our fellow creations. We decided to answer that question for you with this week’s column. Thank you again to Turner Broadcasting and the CNN Heroes program for their generous donation and recognition to all of us and The Time Is Now to Help. It has been nearly a year since we first received the phone call that CNN was interested in coming to Wisconsin to interview Sal. They made The Time Is Now to Help, and our philosophy of caring and sharing for our fellow Americans known to people throughout the world. CNN’s recognition, investigation, and verification that our charity actually did help thousands of people over the years was a huge inspiration to network others to get involved. Together we ease the pains of the poverty stricken.THIS IS HOW WE HELPED:RENT = $19,025
Can’t turn back the clockMay 24, 2012Dear W.C.,I am writing to ask for help for my three children and myself. At the present time we are living in a motel, but will soon be living out of my car if I can’t pay the rent on our motel room. The problems started a year ago when I came to live in the area from out of state to help care for my dying sister. Her husband pleaded with me to come care for her part time with the promise that I could live in their home with my children. I gave up my job and apartment to move here.
Golden Years a nightmareMay 17, 2012Dear W.C.,My husband and I should be retired, but will never be able to afford to. We need to work in order to pay our bills and health care. A few months ago my 73-year old husband had a stroke and will be in need of several more months of medical care and rehabilitation. He was working part-time and looking for a full-time job when this happened. I work part-time and wish I could do more, but I have a heart condition that prevents me from working long hours, and who would care for my husband while I am at work? We are really in a bad position financially as we have used our small savings to pay for my husband’s medical bills. We owe on our utilities and are in fear of disconnection. Scared Seniors
Where the donations came from and wentMay 10, 2012From time to time Time is Now reports on where the donations went and some of the major grants its received. Here is the most recent report:The Montei Foundation $20,000 Matching Grant = $40,000 in Poverty Assistance“Thank You” to everyone that participated in The Montei Foundation $20,000 Matching Grant. We are very grateful to The Montei Foundation and our wonderful supporters for providing $40,000 in poverty assistance. These funds were put to use immediately to alleviate the pain and suffering of the many working poor, children, senior citizens, and handicapped turning to us for assistance. The following shows how every penny of the matching grant was spent to provide shelter assistance/rent, utility assistance, auto repairs, gas, food, toiletries, household necessities, and beds. Thank you for caring and sharing for your fellow Americans.
Woman care for handicapped sonMay 03, 2012Dear W.C.,I am writing to see if you can help my friend. She cares for her handicapped son fulltime. Last month I noticed they did not have enough food and brought over some when I could. I am a single mother feeding three children myself so this is not something I can do for them on a regular basis. I would gladly do this for them if I could afford to. I noticed my friend always feeds her son before she will even touch any of the food that I bring over. Her small apartment is always cold and they are both wrapped in blankets most of the time. She keeps all the lights off. I know from reading your column that these are all signs that my friend is having trouble keeping up. Could you please check on them?
The voices of those who have been helpedApril 26, 2012Dear Readers, I would like to share with you some of the many thank you notes we have received in the past weeks. So many are grateful for our helping hand and I felt you should all know what our assistance means to those struggling in poverty. I thank you from the bottom of my heart daily, but thought you would also like to hear directly from the fellow Americans we have helped to ease the pains of poverty for.