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Tree of Hope

Organized by: Becca Shaw

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THE STORY:

In my position at a local hospital I help patients who don’t have insurance get government assistance for their medical bills; Unfortunately there are a handful of patients that do not fit the guidelines of the government programs, and are left without any assistance. When these families look into other types of private insurance but the costs of the premiums are just too high for these families and in some cases they pay the premium but them the condition they are being treated for is not covered.
Many of these patients have a lengthy road ahead of them and on top of the healing process they now have to worry about paying medical bills, many of them will have to take time off their jobs to heal. Due to a lack of medical insurance or assistance they are not taking medicines that are needed because they can’t afford them, and then they end up back in the emergency room and start all over with the bills.

Along with the medical issues many of them are unable to work and provide food and clothing for their families. I am collecting donations in order to set up a fund to start a community service organization with my daughters that will provide food and clothing as well as have a program set up to assist some of the patients with making payments for their medical care or be able to assist with purchasing the needed medications. Patients would have to fill out an application and there would be a screening process to decide the amount or type of assistance that could be provided.

There are different programs in bigger cities but our smaller communities need the help also, both children and adults need the help, there are children and pregnant women that avoid medical treatment and prenatal care because they did not qualify for the assistance programs or could not afford insurance premiums. We also hope to start a food bank, a community garden and eventually a crisis intervention program as well. We have a lot of great dreams and ideas but are starting with what I see as the biggest need at this time. Any donation is much appreciated, thank you for taking the time to read about our cause.

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