(Published Jan. 26, 2007, 9:38 a.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
I have been behind in many requests for help, due to lack of funds. We have been helping where we can and we have been assisting many but there are still far more people who need a hand up.
For the fourth year in a row Richard Driehaus is helping to ease the pain and suffering of those living in poverty. He is again graciously offering The Time Is Now a $30,000 matching grant. This means we have to first receive $30,000 in donations before Driehaus will issue The Time Is Now to Help a check for $30,000, bringing us a total of $60,000 to help the poverty-stricken. Every penny will go to aid God's children in need.
We stretched every donation we received this past week to help: An elderly man who needed transportation to get to work; a single mother who lost her husband; and a single mother whose husband abandoned the family.
We reached out to assist a person whose mission is to care for the handicapped. She puts her heart and soul into caring for those who cannot care for themselves, yet receives no financial gain for her heartfelt efforts. We kept a single mother and her children-in the midst of being evicted-from becoming homeless. Together we do such wonderful things. I feel God is smiling upon us for doing what is morally right by helping, caring and sharing for those who need help.
As always, we will show where every penny of the $30,000 donated, and the $30,000 matching grant, has been spent in helping those in need.
Please help as much as you can. Every year we have collected the money faster than the previous year. I believe this is because we have more readers, more of you have been caring and sharing and some give more than they did before, feeling a need to be grateful for their blessings. I want to thank everyone for your efforts in making our communities a better place to live in this great country of ours.
Please say a prayer of thanks for Richard Driehaus' generous heart. I also give a prayer of thanks to all of you for your compassion and generous donations.
Thousands of you read our Time is Now column which appears in two newspapers-the Lake Geneva Regional News and The Week.
I want to thank both of these newspapers, their owners, management and staff for having such wonderful hearts. They have truly shown their dedication and support to our cause.
I have received letters asking if I would be interested in speaking at a church service to bring awareness to the congregations of the poverty that is among us. I welcome any requests to speak to church congregations that wish to share experiences in helping the poverty-stricken and have a desire to see positive change in the world around us.
My dear friends, I cannot tell you how much it means to me to see how the networking of God's people has come together these past months. It warms my heart and I thank God for creating such wonderful compassionate people. Recently there have been many wonderful people coming forth with ideas for ways to help.
Some with financial power have thought of doing even more. I pray that one day there will come a time when I do not have to postpone responding to requests that are several months old due to lack of funds.
Health and happiness,
God bless everyone,
A special thank you to: Richard and Jean Honeyager, Donna and Shawn McLafferty, John and Dolores Hartner, Fontana Joint 8 School District staff, in memory of Irene Lesniewski, Flitcroft Septic Systems and Patrick, Brian and Steve from Martin Business Group.
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