Life is not easy for our poverty stricken fellow creations, especially during the holidays.
For many, a tree with gifts under its branches is not even an option. Unless they have found a food pantry that will provide a holiday meal, there will not be enough to eat.
For those that are homeless a tree or a home cooked meal is not even possible. For those trying to budget their meager income to cover utilities, rent, food and other necessities, there is always one or more of these areas not covered, making Christmas presents impossible to afford.
We have had so many requests for Christmas presents for children this year. It is difficult to explain to the many requesters that we do not host a formal gift collection for families.
We have done this in the past and found it takes away from our mission of bringing poverty assistance to those in desperate need. We still made every request for gifts to unsuspecting children a reality. Together we put smiles on the faces of all God’s children brought to our attention.
For the last month my home visits have been to letter writers with much greater need than a Christmas gift for the children. They usually were on the verge of eviction, homelessness, food insecurity, mounting utility bills, auto repairs...There are many reasons for poverty: Lack of a decent paying job, sickness, terminal illness, death of a spouse and our economy as our politicians continue to improperly run the business of managing our great country.
My first visit last week was to a family struggling with a life threatening illness while living in a home filled with mold. The families health care professionals contacted us to repair this home so the family member can be treated successfully. We are still working on a solution for this family as it is a very complex circumstance. Meanwhile we are providing assistance to make this difficult time a little easier.
We received a letter from a family not only in need of Christmas gifts but also in desperate need of tires and utility assistance. The mother confessed to almost hitting a light pole and being terrified to drive her car in the snow and slippery winter conditions. When I checked her tires I could see the belts and there was no tread left.
Both the husband and wife worked at jobs that paid less than ideal wages. They are what we call the working poor of our great United States. They do not qualify for assistance but can barely earn enough to live above the poverty level.
One unaccounted expense puts them over their budget. In this family that expense was a trip to the dentist and the need for tires. We provided these tires, along with boots and a coat for their child. They also were in tears when we gave them gift cards for food and gas to get to work. They said it would be their best Christmas in the last few years.
A senior citizen raising her two grandchildren was extremely grateful to receive gift cards for clothing, toys and food. While waiting for assistance to begin she has been trying to care for them on her Social Security.
Due to an unexpected tragedy in her family she is now the sole care taker and financially unprepared for such a responsibility. The children will have food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and a grandmother that can care for them thanks to our Christmas gift of Caring and Sharing.
Our week also included rent and utility assistance for several single mothers and children, several car repairs for our fellow creations, rental assistance and food for someone suffering with severe disabilities, providing a car for a senior citizen that gives rides to doctors appointments and grocery shopping for other senior citizens in her community, dental assistance to a senior gentleman and woman suffering in pain and rent assistance to a senior citizen couple suffering through some terrible health problems.
We also had volunteers take some of our younger recipients shopping for winter clothing, boots and we also let them choose a couple toys.
Children should be allowed to live with the wonder and happiness of being a child. They had recently suffered the loss of one of their parents to cancer and this would be a difficult season for them. Thanks to a special donor these children will have a much happier holiday.
By the time this column is in print we will have helped even more of our fellow Americans remain in their homes and apartments, obtain emergency shelter, provide food for not only Christmas but every day, pay overdue utilities, provide car repairs, gas, toiletries and other daily necessities. Our mission is 365 days a year, easing the pains of poverty for good fellow Americans in desperate times.
We are so thankful for all of “you” that let our mission continue throughout the year. If it was not for your support none of this assistance would be possible. We love helping our children and families in need but find we are needed every day of the year, most often after Christmas when the world seems to care less, the sharing is not as generous, leaving many alone in desperate need.
Together we will continue to remove the many pains of poverty including, hunger, loneliness, fear and homelessness.
Together we provide hope, compassion, care, shelter, food ... all the necessities of daily life, through our caring and sharing. God bless all of you for helping. We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.
Health and happiness,
God bless everyone,
Together we make a big difference
Make checks payable to:
The Time Is Now to Help
P.O. Box 1, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
The Time Is Now to Help is a federally recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization licensed in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. You will receive a tax deductible, itemized thank you receipt showing how your donation provided assistance for the poverty stricken.
Dick and Jean Honeyager, Fox Charities, The Summertime Foundation, Clarence and Marilyn Schawk, Schawk Family Foundation, The Geneva Inn, Kunes’ Country Stateline Superstore, Lake Geneva Area Realty, Paul Ziegler, Martin Group, John Stensland and family, Bernard Labovitch, Allen Hermansen, Gary Darman Company, Mary Kay Ring, Women’s Fellowship First Congregational United Church of Christ, St. James United Methodist Women, Russo Drywall, Steven and Laurie Terhark, Jay and Karen Fritz, Edward Hechmann, JP Ieronimo, Oldies but Goodies Red Hat Club, Thomas and Kathleen Murray, Elena Heffner, Rodney and Virginia Paulsen, Virgil and Sharon Wuttke, Jerry and Patricia Cooper, Charles and Penny Gruetzmacher, Anna Kiel, Kenneth and Joyce Pagel, Richard and Linda Rossetti, David Koester, Sarah Casper, Gordon and Kathleen Keyes, Donald and Lorraine Briere, Thomas and Renae Woellert, Katherine Kelly, Robert and Elizabeth Sanders, James and Christine Lovell, Patricia Deback, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, and all the God -loving volunteers of all our caring pantries, all of you who support The Time Is Now to Help donation boxes, and the businesses that allow our donation boxes.
Anyone who would like a Time Is Now donation box in your business, please call (262) 249-7000.
Joseph and Laura Murphy in honor of good friends Joann and Russ Busch.
Les and Pauline Malsch in memory of Shirley Yanny Deming. Warren and Donna Kohnke in memory of Kathleen Tarasek.
Please contact Love Inc. for all your furniture, clothing and household item donations. Call (262) 763-2743 or (262) 763-6226 to schedule pick-up. We are no longer affiliated with Chris Ann’s Resale Shop.