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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Time is now: Parents aren't always able to put on a happy face

Send your donation to: The Time Is Now to Help, PO Box 70, Pell Lake, WI 53157

www.timeisnowtohelp.org

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.

Dear Readers:

I would like to address what exactly the Time Is Now to Help does to assist the needy:

--- Utilities: Gas, electric, water and telephone bills.

--- Shelter: Rental assistance. It is important to keep people in their own homes, off the streets and prevent them from becoming one of the many homeless in our nation.

--- Food: Immediate need of a hot meal and provide food to fill empty cupboards. We assist food pantries in purchasing through Second Harvest. Second Harvest is not a 100 percent answer, but if it can supply 70 percent or more of the need, it is a better option than the food pantries not having enough food.

--- Handicapped assistance: By providing them with wheelchairs and other supportive items needed to make their life easier.

--- Clothing: We do not collect or distribute clothing. There are many local charities that provide this service and we are always glad to direct people to these services. If someone needs immediate clothing assistance--winter coats, school clothes, clothes for a job interview or to look professional at work--we normally provide these through a gift certificate or take the person in need shopping for immediate assistance. We then offer further support by directing them to one of the free clothing centers to obtain additional clothing. We do not have the storage or distribution space to sort, clean and display clothing.

--- Transportation: Through the generosity of those who have donated cars, we are able to provide cars to the needy. This is one of the most needed items since people cannot obtain or keep jobs if they do not have reliable transportation. Many people have cars that are so old and have such costly repairs needed that they have to choose between paying the rent, feeding their family or repairing their vehicles. We provide a good running used car.

Thanks to the Ministry of Mechanics, these cars have been gone over from bumper to bumper and repaired before they have been passed on to the needy. The Time is Now pays for all parts and the Ministry of Mechanics donate their professional services.

Sometimes we receive requests to repair a car. If it is a repair that will make the car roadworthy for a reasonable amount of time, we will pay for these repairs. These repairs are sometimes done by the Ministry of Mechanics. If they are unable to do these repairs they are done by one of the local repair shops, such as Butch's Automotive, that offers us discounted pricing.

Household necessities: Small appliances to pots and pans, dishes, eating utensils, the daily necessities that we take for granted. You would be surprised how grateful people are when they receive these items.

I do not collect or distribute these items. They are acquired new. It is quick, simple and cost effective and it brings them pride in being able to have their own new tableware at a nominal cost.

We also supply appliances when needed, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves. In the past I used to accept donations of these items but due to the extensive amount of time, labor and expense involved it became cost prohibitive to pick-up, repair and deliver these used items.

Toiletries: It is hard to imagine that in this day and age people still find it necessary to use newspaper as toilet paper. I find that unacceptable and yet still find that situation nearly every month.

Toothpaste, tooth brushes, bar soap, towels, cleaning supplies and the list goes on and on with all the things that we use daily yet never even notice we have them. I find people all the time who do not have these items or what they do have is broken. It is so easy to restore a person's dignity by providing them with a new toothbrush and hairbrush.

We need to realize that many people are barely surviving--for years--on a single-digit paying job, earning $7 or $8 an hour. Imagine what they cannot afford to buy.

I encourage the food pantries to stay open on Saturdays in order to accommodate those who do have jobs during the week. Any food pantry in need of extra food, all you have to do is call me.

Health and happiness,
God bless everyone,
WC

A special thank you to: J.D. Development, MLH, Bill and Lois McEssy, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Jay Ieronimo, Steve and Catherine Boho, Clarence and Marilyn Schawk, Rhoades Foundation, Paul Ziegler, Dorothy Heffernan, Harry and Phyllis Tiggemann, Lowell and Beverly Voskuil, Laverne and Shirley Umland, Flitcroft Septic Systems, Judith Caputo, Gregory Hahn, Wayne and Roberta Collamore, Michol Ann Ford, Donna and Shawn McLafferty, James and Janice Batten, Cheryl Davis, Vernon Johnson, WSD Golden Girls, Bill and Barbara Hart, Arlene Long, Dan and Maureen Winkler, Barbara Giovannoni, Neil Diercksmeier, Marlene Hauch, Marshal and Susan Ketchpaw, V. and J. Getka, Karen Leroy, William and Jean Isaacson, Neill and Nancy Flood, Ruth Schoof, Duane Gretschmann, Astrid Peterson, Rudolph and Donna Zwolfer and Frank and Elaine Roth.

Pick 'N Save "We Care" Program: A percentage of each purchase will go directly to the Time is Now to Help if you designate Acct. No. 832410, on your Advantage Plus Savers Club Card application.

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Clothing/household items

Clothing donations/free or reduced-price clothing and/or household items, furniture, etc.

--- Clothes Closet, 912 Geneva St., Lake Geneva, 248-4114, Tuesday and Saturday, 9 -11a.m.

--- Clothing Outreach Center, N2270 Highway 67, Williams Bay, 275-5753, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon, and Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

--- Inspiration Ministries/Inspiration Place Resale Shop, N2270 Highway 67, Williams Bay, 275-2264. They also offer local pick-up of donated items.

--- Love, Inc., 480 Pine St., Burlington, 763-6226, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. They also offer furniture and appliance pick-up.

--- Circle of Friends, 16 S. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, 723-8177, Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

--- Mary's Room, 607 Walworth Ave., Delavan, 203-0993, baby items by appointment.

--- Goodwill, 1402 E. Geneva St., Delavan, 728-5668. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

--- Clothes Closet, 130 S. Church St., Whitewater, 473-4336, first and third Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.-noon.

--- St. Vincent de Paul, 1970 N. Beulah Ave., East Troy, 642-7225

Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.

--- St. Vincent de Paul, 135 W. Chestnut, Burlington, 763-8057, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Food pantries

--- Mt. Zion Church, 2330 Highway 120, Lake Geneva, 248-7097, Saturday 9-11 a.m.

--- Lake Geneva Food Pantry, First Congregational Church, 248-2337.

715 Wisconsin St., Lake Geneva, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9-11:30 a.m.

--- Chapel on the Hill, N2440 Ara Glenn Drive (Highway 50), Lake Geneva, 245-9122, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon, and first and third Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon.

--- Cornerstone Church, 1553 Church St., Lyons, 763-7559, by appointment.

--- St. Andrew's Church/Delavan Human Concerns, 700 E. Walworth St., Delavan, 728-5922, Saturday, 9-10:30 a.m.

--- United Methodist Church, 213 S. Second St., Delavan, 728-3644, Wednesday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

--- Elkhorn Food Pantry, St. John's Lutheran Church, 104 S. Broad St., Elkhorn, 723-3546, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9-11 a.m.

--- Loaves and Fishes, United Methodist Church, 518 Booth St., Genoa City, 279-6448, Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon or by appointment.

--- East Troy Food Pantry, 2861 Austin St., East Troy, 642-4357, Tuesday, 7:30-11 a.m. and Thursday 2:30-4:30 p.m.

--- Big Foot Emergency Food Pantry, 111 Fremont St., Walworth, 275-3252, Friday 2 -4 p.m. and Saturday 9-11 a.m.

--- Love, Inc., 480 Pine St., Burlington, 763-6226, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

*Source: Walworth County Dept. of Health and Human Services Web site.

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