Help This Family!
Organized by: Waleed Almeldeen
I am raising the funds for a friend's family who is in danger to be homeless. I did not include any pictures for the privacy of this family but please contact me in person if you have any questions. Please read about their story:
They are a small family and they live in NYC which is very expensive even in the most dangerous under developed neighborhoods. The loving small family immigrated to the States from Albania seeking a better future for their kids. The father and the mother used to be college professors, the cancer got the mother many years ago and even though she was blessed enough to survive, the disease rendered her weak and she can't work to provide for her family.
The loving father tried to work hard and he struggled because over the years he lost his teaching job. At old age, over 60 years old, he found a job as a porter (doorman). He had no choice but to take the night shift many days during the week, he had to prove himself worthy of the job and tried to be younger and stronger than his years. He had a heart disease but he could not give up on his family because his heart would feel more pain if his family would not be able to afford rent and food.
The loving parents facing all the difficulties were able to raise their kids to be very well educated students and they are on their way to graduate in a couple of years. The parents are proud of their children who grew up to be responsible and studying and working to help their parents with the extreme expenses of NYC just to live silightly above the poverty level. Yet all of them used to smile and have faith in a better tomorrow. Then a phone call changed all the smiles on their faces to agony and sadness.
The father one night during his night shifts had a heart attack and was admitted to hospital for to find out that he has no choice but an open heart surgery. while the family is lost in tears for their father, they started to realize that they lost the main income for the family and the disability benefit pays the father one hundred dollars a week! they can't survive! Their children, the brother and the sister decided to work and study, but they only can work as a part time because their studies are hard.
The sister is in pharmacy school, she just made it to her second year few months ago and when she was asking a permission to take one week off to stay with her sick mother at home because the she got sick from stress over her sick father in the hospital, the school informed her that taking care of a sick family member is not an excuse to miss class! can you believe the world that we live in!
However she was strong and she decided that she has to go on for the sake of this family, her family, she can't be weak now, she had to study for exams on a chair in a waiting room in the hospital and go to school in the morning and work in the afternoon. She slept only few hours a day mainly on the subway going back and forth to school and during lunch break in the school she would sleep rather than eating! She is my friend!
I wish one day as a man to be as strong as her, I wish I can help her but I can't enough. That is why I thought of writing this to everyone who is willing to help, please help this family to stay in their rent and afford food for the current year. These parents struggled too much and fought too much for their children to be what they are now, please help their children to graduate and do not have to drop out of school. Please help them, Please help my friend!