(Published Sept. 17, 2007, 2:15 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.
Send your donation to: The Time Is Now to Help, PO Box 70, Pell Lake, WI 53157
Recently I was asked if I could do a presentation without talking about God or the history of the Time Is Now. I was asked to express to the audience how they could be supporters to their communities and the needs of those who may need help.
As I was thinking of how to respond to this request an 8-year-old little girl and her father walked in. As I looked across the room I could see they were waiting to talk to me. I walked over and the father introduced his daughter to me. He told me how he and his wife had read the Time Is Now column to their daughter. She told her parents she wanted to help.
I need to interject a quote here, "from the mouth of babes." Here is a young girl, only 8 years old who has not yet grasped our capitalistic society, not yet achieved an extensive or expensive formal education, but her mind and heart are far advanced in doing God's will and reaching out to those less fortunate.
Without talking about God, without talking about the history of the Time Is Now, this little girl said she wanted to help. She went to Sentry Foods and asked if she could set up a table at the entrance to collect donations for our organization. The wonderful people at Sentry Foods told her of course she could. Elizabeth and her friend Emma set up a little table. They made up their own sign and put out a jar for donations.
In a period of four hours these two little girls collected enough money to purchase 1,889 pounds of food for the food pantries. I love these two children and their wonderful caring hearts. These two children, their parents and Sentry are very special. They are doing what the Lord wants all of us to do, caring and sharing for the less fortunate. God bless them. This is a beautiful example of how all of us can help, a vital lesson taught to us by two small children.
Once again I want to thank all the groups and organizations that come together to help and all those individuals who have come forward and cared and shared. In weeks to come I will write about the different circumstances I have encountered. I will share where the monies went that have been donated as well as the Richard Driehaus Matching Grant, and all of you who have cared and shared to make that matching grant a reality within a four-week period. In the last few weeks we have helped many living desperately on the brink of homelessness and poverty and with your generous donations we will be helping many more.
I want to thank everyone for reading, for caring, for sharing and for networking our column to others who have good hearts and want to be part of our making our communities a better place to live in our great country.
Health and happiness,
God bless everyone,
A special thank you to: Bill McEssy, Richard and Jean Honeyager, J. and Karen Fritz, Versacold Cascade/Geneva Lakes Cold Storage, Randy Christenson, Mark and Kathleen Kuglitsch, Richard and Dawn Fischer, Mary Kilkenny, James and Karen Goodrick, Howard and Maureen Gleason, Dorothy Butek, Robert and Joanne Batzler, Joel and Susan Nelson, Michol Ann Ford, Larry and Deborah Czernejewski, Steven and Susan Woodcock, Donald and Gladys Keith, Charlotte Millard and Carolyn Gramley in memory of Herb Sigmund, in memory of Theresa Dimiceli: Pat and Annaleisa Prohuska, Tom and Mary Earle, Paula Eichorst, 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 to Help donation box in your business, please call 249-7000.
Pick 'N Save We Care Program: Please sign up for the We Care Program at your local Pick 'N Save. A percentage of each purchase will go directly to The Time is Now to Help. All you have to do is designate The Time is Now, account number 832410, on your Advantage Plus Savers Club Card application, which can be done at the service desk.
Please make checks payable to: The Time Is Now to Help. 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 exactly what every penny of your donation provided for the poverty stricken.
Endowments/helping others through your will: For those of you who wish to leave an endowment for the poverty stricken, we would greatly accept any gifts. Please think of those in desperate need, good people, living in fear of poverty and consider helping them through your will.
Donate stocks/ mutual funds, let the government contribute: Consider donating shares of appreciated stocks and mutual funds to The Time Is Now to Help and receive twice the benefits from your gift.
Needed cars: There are those in need of reliable transportation.
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