Holiday Help for a Family in Need
Organized by: Lauren Neil
Tonight I found out that a dear friend is living paycheck to paycheck in a motel with her baby girl and fiancé. This has shaken me to my core and I cannot sit by and let this holiday season pass by without attempting to do something for them. My hope is that we can get enough donated to set them up in a more stable living situation such that they can start saving again (they're currently unable to do so because of the high cost of week-to-week living). Let me tell you about Maria and why you should consider giving to her family. Maria is kind, loving, honest, hard-working and loyal. I know this because Maria was our nanny and because of that she became part of our family. When I had my son in 2013 I could not imagine leaving him to return to work. That was until I met Maria. It still wasn't easy for me to leave him, but I knew he was in good hands. She didn't just care for him, she loved him, and he loved her back. She was my rock, the only reason I could work with peace of mind. When we told her we were moving to be closer to family we cried and cried. But we kept in touch though the move and through the following years. When she told us she and her fiancé were pregnant we were overjoyed. They moved in together, he started a new job, the baby arrived and life was on track. Until it wasn't. Though a series of bad-luck events and unfortunate timing, this wonderful young family is essentially homeless. He is working part-time, she is trying to nanny/babysit as much as possible while balancing taking care of their daughter. She told me about this, via e-mail, after I had asked for her address to send her the yearly Christmas card. This was part of what she wrote: "I have been thinking about you all a lot, and wanted to get in touch, but I was also avoiding to have to answer the normal 'how are you' and 'what's going on' questions, so I figured I'll wait a little till it gets better and then I'll contact some people, but...it hasn't happened yet, and I'm not a good liar so I'm just gonna tell it like as it is. We are currently homeless and living in a motel paycheck to paycheck. So there's no real address to actually send a christmas card. Send me a pic?" Later she writes: "I actually cried a lot writing this because this is the first time I said this to someone without bringing humor and nonchalance about the situation. A few of my friends know, but I try to incorporate humor into it so it doesn't sound that bad." The thing is, it does sound that bad. There is no way to cherry-coat this. This is someone I love. And I had no idea this was going on. I honestly don't know how she will react if I'm able to raise any amount of money beyond what we will personally donate. She might be embarrassed as she is a worker, not someone who asks for help. But she has a baby girl, and her daughter is the light of her life. She would do anything for her daughter. I'm hoping that includes accepting whatever we can raise for her. It's December 18th. Can you help me make a Christmas miracle for this family?