Friends, strangers help injured woman continue on road to recovery
My friend was hit by a car six months ago. The accident was caused by an inattentive driver who swerved and hit my friend while she was riding her bike to work. She has suffered greatly due to her injuries. The driver of the car was not insured.
My friend did not have health insurance. She has lost her job and ability to work due to this accident. She has many months of rehabilitation left until she can look for a job again. She still needs more surgery but maintains a positive attitude. I know she is struggling to pay her bills. If it wasn’t for the generosity of her few friends and small family, she would not even be able to eat.
The only family she has left is a younger sister who is a single mother and her mother who is widowed. I know for a fact they are just getting by and not able to care for my friend. Please help my friend as she continues to face a rough road ahead.
-- A caring friend
I contacted the friend to ask for more details. She did her best to answer some of my questions. After learning more about the friend’s ordeal, I knew she was in need of The Time Is Now to Help. We arranged for a meeting.
It turned out the friends were living together. The friend had moved in after the accident. The friend had committed to caring for her friend during the long recovery. This included driving to doctor’s visits, cooking, bathing and much more. It was labor-intensive work that only a caring and sharing friend could offer.
The friend said, “What else could I do? There is no one else that is capable.”
I asked about the mother and sister, but the friend said they were not capable of helping any more than an occasional shared meal. The friend still had her apartment and had to keep paying her rent per the lease.
The injured friend shared with me the details of her injuries and the long recovery process. She still walked with a walker and had visible scars. She said the pain was easing some with each passing week.
I reviewed both women’s budgets. There was no way they could financially survive while paying two rents and two sets of utility bills. After a heartfelt talk with both of the women, I knew without a doubt that the friend wanted to stay and continue to help.
I offered to call the landlord for the friend. When she agreed, I called and told the landlord who I was and why I was calling. He knew of The Time Is Now to Help. After I explained the situation and the extent of injuries and care involved, he agreed to let the friend out of her lease. The landlord was generous and wanted to help.
I put the helping friend on the phone with the landlord. She was so thankful, she cried. The landlord again voiced his desire to help.
We helped bring the injured woman’s rent and utilities up-to-date. We made sure she had applied for all assistance. The two women were thankful.
The kind friend told us she had just finished schooling for her degree and was now looking for a much better paying job. She said she would continue to care for her friend. If only all people struggling with disabilities and injuries had such kind friends willing to give of themselves so selflessly.
While we could not remove the physical pains, we were able to remove the pains of poverty. Those who live with hunger and fear of homelessness suffer a very real pain. Living without utilities and transportation can be stressful, especially if you are disabled or a senior citizen and in need of medical care.
Disability and Social Security payments often are not enough to save our fellow Americans from these pains. We thank all of you for making this assistance possible.
Once again, together we make our world a better place doing God’s good works.
Health and happiness,
God bless everyone,
Please help: Make checks payable to: The Time Is Now to Help, P.O. Box 70, Pell Lake, WI 53157. The Time Is Now to Help is a federally recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization licensed in Wisconsin and Illinois. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt showing exactly what every penny of your donation provided for the poverty stricken.
A special thank you to: Les and Pauline Malsch (in honor of Frank and Mary Gauger’s 50th wedding anniversary), Mark and Natalie Reno, Kunes Country Auto Group, Walworth Fontana Rotary Foundation, Paul Ziegler/Ziegler Charitable Foundation, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Whiting Law Group, East Troy Lioness Club, Lakeland Trash Service, Alliant Energy Foundation, Rexnord Foundation, Briggs & Stratton Power of Giving, Pamela Schnitcke, Steve Fejes, Anna Marie Cygan, Dale and Gail Folkers, Richard Jais, Lynda Adas, Landon Petrie Jr. and Nancy Schwab, John Zalewski, Kevin Dowd, Craig Banyai, Kelly Greenberg, Stephen Ahlgren, Yinan Wang, J.T. Marty, Debra Guzman, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, and all the volunteers of all our food 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 donation box in your business, please call (262) 249-7000.