(Published March. 9, 2007, 1:38 p.m.)
Editor's Note: The following is a letter to The Time Is Now, a private charity serving Walworth County. The founder, who knew poverty as a child, now provides help for those in need. Every penny donated goes to the needy for daily necessities of life. Donors will receive a tax-deductible itemized receipt showing exactly where every penny was spent. We'll publish a letter most weeks
D ear Readers:
For those of you who do not know about the time when I saw an elderly woman fall right on her face, I would like to share that moment.
As I was pulling up to a food store, I saw an elderly lady trip and fall flat on her face. As I got out of my car and ran toward her, I could see her lying there. A few individuals walked around her to go into the store; one actually stepped over her arm. When I got to her side, I noticed a few others were standing and staring. I knelt down and reached out and gently lifted her head. She was bleeding and she was crying-crying in shame.
I looked up and asked someone if they had a cell phone to call for help. With that, I looked back at her. Even though she had physical pain, the shame she felt was even worse. As I held her, I told her, "Please do not cry; even the young fall." She looked at me and reached out and held me. She gave a half smile and said, "Thank you."
So what kind of person are you? The kind who would ignore the situation, ignore the pain and suffering, walk around or walk by? The kind who steps over someone in need and moves on? Or are you one of those who have the heart, the kindness, to be a part of caring and sharing? Please help. I cannot help all of those I have found in need alone. But together we can make a bigger difference.
For those of you who are frugal, but can do so much more: When will be the time that you will share those blessings to do even more? Remember the story of the poverty-stricken old woman who put her two coins in the collection basket. Could you still eat and still take care of you and yours after making a difference in sharing the blessings that have been bestowed on you?
You know the old saying, "Let your conscience be your guide"? That conscience is God within your heart. But if you truly believe in God, you know as well as I, God does know. Why has that part of the heart of so many gone numb? Is it because God has not given you the key? I do not think so. God gives each and every one of us that key.
Sometimes capitalism gets in the way of our true salvation. "What's in it for me?" is more important. In capitalism we invest in our financial future. When you really believe in yourself as a being and as a creation, and your true future, it is time to invest in that time, in doing God's work. For all of you who have been doing your share, God bless you.
I would like to thank the many groups and organizations over the past months that have been interested in sharing the burden of helping the poverty-stricken of our local communities.
Together we can offer a means for survival and ease the pain and suffering of the poverty-stricken. When there is hunger and a lack of food, when you have outstanding utility bills and know that at any time your heat, lights and appliances may be turned off, there is mental anguish and instability in your life.
I want to thank everyone individually who is doing something to make our communities a better place to live. Helping out one person at a time, one family at a time can make a difference. The private sector has once again taken it upon their hearts to help.
Health and happiness,
God bless everyone,
A big thank you and a prayer for healing to Paul Ziegler. A special thank you to: St. Vincent DePaul and Community Outreach, both of St. John's Church, the Kiwanis Club of East Troy, Bernard and Jean Labovitch, James and Janice Batten, Don and Lynn Krohn, Steven and Susan Woodcock, Karen and James Goodrick, Robert and Donna Parker, Barbara Morrissey, Kathy Reyno, Brett Krause, Dan Flitcroft, owner of Flitcroft Septic Systems, and ALL of you who support The Time Is Now to Help donation boxes, including the businesses that allow our donation boxes in their places of business. Anyone who would like a Time Is Now to Help donation box in your business, please call 249-7000.