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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Time is Now: Requests for help come from many people

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


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 give everyone an idea of how The Time Is Now to Help answers requests for assistance.

Requests come in a variety of ways.

Letters come from neighbors, from those in need, churches, teachers, social workers, administrators and many different government and non-government organizations.

All send in requests for needy individuals and families.

These are always followed up with a phone call. The phone call provides historical information of the situation and current conditions.

All of this is usually followed up with meeting with the individuals and gathering more information. If I get the information from an organization, church, or a trusted individual who may know the assumed facts of those who need help, I may rely on the information they supply me with.

If there is an immediate need to reduce the pain of poverty, I react quickly.

Help such as supplying food to help the hungry, electricity for those who are living without lights or refrigerators, gas for those who are living without heat and hot water, and stopping an eviction to prevent homelessness, etc.

Often an additional investigation is done by contacting a landlord or an employer, confirming information with relatives and other close individuals and researching through the Department of Corrections for any history of criminal activity.

Occasionally, an individual who we may not think are worthy of our assistance may slip through all these safeguards.

Sometimes these seemingly unworthy individuals may receive assistance in order to help their children. These children had no choice to be put into this situation of poverty; they often are born into it. We cannot punish the children for the sins of their parents. We will assist them with what is necessary to make the children's lives more tolerable. How can we turn our backs on the children?

I do not let the very small percentage of dishonest people discourage me from helping the majority in real need.

The requests are many, the need is great and I will continue helping our fellow creations. Thank you to all our caring and sharing supporters and your continued faith in The Time Is Now to Help.

I have to go now; there are many requests and much work to do. I will share with all of you next week who we have helped.

Health and happiness,
God bless everyone,

A special thank you to: Dick and Jean Honeyager, Phyllis Weeden in memory of Ken Weeden, Jay Ieronimo, Alan Homan, Richard Mertes, Elizabeth Cox, Walter Zimmerman Jr., Michael Kuhl, Virginia Moser, Donald and Marie Voss, J.D. Development, Bill and Lois McEssy, The Rhoades Foundation, Paul Ziegler, Dorothy Heffernan, Barbara Morrissey, Tom and Mary Earle, Katy Brookes, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center Central Service Dept., Harry and Phyllis Tiggemann, Jeanette Logterman, William and Mary Alyce Wehner.



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