(Published Sept. 20, 2007, 1:21 p.m.)
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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 recently had a very moving visit with a family that includes a husband/father who has a degenerative disease, leaving him paralyzed. His disability check only covers what would have been acceptable expenses 40 years ago.
Many of us are concerned about wars going on overseas right now. I think we should also be concerned about the economic wars being waged right now in our own country against our own citizens. Over 40 million Americans have been losing a war for survival right here in the United States. I cannot see why a person who is completely disabled cannot receive more help-especially since, before this illness struck, he was a hard working taxpaying citizen.
I noticed the children behaved very tentatively to their father while assisting their mother in caring for him. He could still smile and it was nice to see how happy he was for our visit and our help. He has reached a point where he can scarcely speak. It made me cry when he managed with great difficulty to say, "I thank The Time is Now for helping us. I feel comforted by the help. God bless you."
I felt ashamed of the fact it was such a small amount of help that was actually given and yet this man was so very grateful. I could feel my eyes tearing up, my heart aching for him and his family. Of course, there was much more help given and promised and those promises will be fulfilled. Certainly no matter how much we help, we can do nothing to lift the paralysis from this man's body, but as he said in his own words, it will ease his worries. That made him very happy knowing together, we are concerned and are here to help his family.
During our special time together I had to ask the mother several times if there were any needs the family had. I finally learned that the children were going back to school and did not have any new clothing; in fact they had not been able to purchase any new clothes in over a year. The mother agreed that it would be nice to get some clothes. Clothing wears out faster when you do not have much because of the constant wear and frequent washing. I know this firsthand; when I grew up, there was a two-year period when I only had a few shirts and one pair of corduroy pants. We helped the family get new clothing for school as well as providing them with some additional household necessities and food.
As I was leaving everyone was smiling. Their faith in God is not hidden beneath the surface but is proudly worn and expressed in their words and actions. Prior to leaving I related that there are many good neighbors wanting to help and sometimes it is a matter of just writing a letter or making a phone call. I urged them to please not hesitate; there are many people with loving hearts and a desire to lift the burdens of those who have fallen on hard times. With that the man smiled again and took nearly three minutes to express his last words to me, "I have been blessed by your visit. God bless you and everyone."
Let us remember there are many of our neighbors who need our help and are too proud to ask. They may live next door, down the street, around the corner, within our neighborhoods, cities and county. Let us continue to band together to make our communities better places to live.
Health and happiness,
God bless everyone,
Thank you Dan Plutchak, editor of The Week, for your courageous ride for the Time Is Now, and for winning the first Celebrity for Charity Horse Race held at the Walworth County Fair. Also thank you to Gary Magee for his superb jockey skills, Mamtrix and his owner Bob Mohr and Gabe Wand for coordinating this wonderful event. The $1000 purse will provide our local food pantries with approximately 5,500 pounds of food.
A special thank you to: Bill and Lois McEssy, Richard and Jean Honeyager, Glenn and Jeanne Dyer, John, Patricia, Steve and Catherine Boho, Geri and Al Hinton, St. Vincent DePaul of East Troy, Vera Marohnich, Mary Willms, Iris Petersen, Margaret Patzer, Ellen Flanagan, Joanne Zeasman, L. Pohn, Marvin and Audrey Hersko, William and Jean Isaacson, Frank and Ann Huml, Richard and Ann Schaeffer, John and Jean Truesdale, Joseph and Maureen Shaughnessy and Wayne and Dolores Rich.
Golf outing: Monday, Oct. 8, Golden States Foods will be hosting a golf outing to raise money for the Time Is Now at the Palmer Course at Geneva National. Corporate hole sponsors are needed. Hole prizes are available. Registration begins at noon. Contact Tom Ormsby at 472-7460.
Pick 'N Save We Care Program: Please sign up for the We Care Program at your local Pick 'N Save. Just designate the Time is Now, account No. 832410 on your Advantage Plus Savers Club Card application at the service desk.
Endowments/helping others through your will: For those of you who wish to leave an endowment for the poverty-stricken, 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. Please call 249-7000 if you would like more information.
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