Julieta and Rafael have been married for 18 years and are parents of two young children. Rafael was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, his cancer treatment was successful, but in 2014 he experienced a recurrence. Rafael’s medical condition has been deteriorating, and as a result, Julieta was forced to cut back in her work hours to care for him. Although Julieta continues to work part-time, it is not enough to cover the family’s basic living expenses as well as Rafael’s medical expenses. A gift of $1,000 would help the alleviate some of the family’s financial stress by paying for rent and utilities.
Lisa and George are parents to three young children. George is a carpenter and Lisa is a certified nurse’s assistant, work and pay that depend on the demand. They have always worked hard, but the type of work they do has limited their income to the point that they are having difficulty meeting even the basic needs of their children, let alone the ability to give them an environment in which to grow and expand their possibilities. This is what hurts them the most. Their two sons, Brian and John, love martial arts. They have struggled to be able to give them lessons, but they are no longer able to do that. They are a very close-knit family, but they see their financial difficulties as an influence that can disrupt their lives in a negative way because it causes them great stress and fear. A gift of $1,800 would pay for one month’s rent and utilities which would allow this family to again be able to provide their boys with a year’s worth of Taekwondo which they enjoy so much.
Amanda is a 50 year old woman, who for years supported herself and her three children, who are now adults. Her youngest adult daughter is disabled and lives with a relative. Amanda had worked 2 jobs as a manual laborer until physical injuries made this work impossible; she became disabled and lost her job. She has also suffered from severe depression and anxiety since early adulthood. Her current deprivations make these symptoms much worse. She is currently living in a run-down room without heat or running water. Amanda is currently in desperate need of warm winter clothing and blankets, food and extra funds for basic living essentials. A gift of $1,000 would help to sustain her in these difficult times.
Mary has recently become divorced after leaving an abusive marriage. She fled her home with the clothing on her back and a few personal items. She is a proud mother of two children. Her oldest child Emily has health problems and requires regular appointments and specialized medical treatments. Mary was employed however lost her job due to the daily demands of doctor’s appointments for Emily. While her family is supportive, financially they cannot provide monetary support. Mary would benefit from a gift of $1,800 to cover the cost of travel to meet with specialists for Emily, doctor’s bills and an enrichment activity for each child.
Sharon, a mom of three children has been at the same job for over 10 years and works hard to give her children the best she can. Recently, she had a serious medical problem that required her to be in the hospital. She missed several weeks of work which set her back on many of her monthly obligations. Sharon also suffers from an autoimmune illness that requires a very expensive medication that is not covered on her current medical insurance. Sharon already lives paycheck-to-paycheck, having to make hard choices between her medication and food for her family. A gift of $1,200 would help pay for Sharon’s medication, groceries and winter clothing for the children.
Renee and Peter are retired grandparents, living on a very fixed income raising their six-year old grandson. They love this child dearly and would have it no other way but did not imagine that in their later years of life they would be raising a six-year old. An unfortunate family situation put him in their care. Despite several health problems, which include chronic pain for Renee, they provide their grandson with everything that he needs. They both believe that an education is the most important thing so that her grandson has a chance to better his life. They make sure their grandson gets to school every day and hope that one day will have a college education. Their very limited monthly income can only provide for the absolute necessities. Extras in the grocery basket are rare. Since their grandson is a growing boy, a gift of $700 would go a long way to help provide him with warm winter clothing and the family with groceries.
Rosa is a loving mother of two boys who are six-years old and eight months. She is currently living at an emergency residential facility after fleeing from domestic violence with her two boys. While the family is working on rebuilding their lives after experiencing trauma, Rosa lives with the daily challenge of her eldest son having autism. He is incredibly sweet and very active, however, he is non-verbal and his frustrations can lead to anxiety. Rosa has had difficulty working because she has no one or any resources to help her look after her infant son. A gift of $1,000 dollars could help provide the family with a weighted vest and blanket specifically for children with autism, to help her child focus and soothe him when his anxiety is highest, and also help to purchase a tablet and the computer programs that have been most successful with opening up communication for her son.