The Need

“When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was already supporting my partner, who has complicated health problems. Money was already tight, but we were getting by.  I worked for as long as I could, but I’ve had to cut way back and take time off because I’m so sick and fatigued from my treatment. Our bills are mounting and we can’t do anything about it. For the first time, we don’t have enough money for food. I’m scared we’ll be evicted.”

“I’m a single mom, sole provider of 3 children. I was diagnosed with leukemia a few months ago. My SSDI covers rent, but that’s all. My parents help with what they can, but my dad was just laid off. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

“I am 74 and on Social Security, with only Medicare for insurance. I have a fixed income of $1,137a month and $53 in food stamps. I live frugally – besides my living expenses, I have no other bills. After expenses, I have $195 for gas, food, medicine and toiletries. I’m supposed to eat certain foods while doing radiation, but I buy what’s on sale and close to what I should have. I need a little help.”

“I am writing you at the Raymond Wentz Foundation because I really need help. My 88-year-old mother has helped me pay some bills so far, and I am thankful for that. But my bills have totaled about five times what she gets from Social Security each month.  I don’t know how I will pay for the gas to get to my appointments – it’s 70 miles round trip to the cancer center.”

The Relief

“Receiving assistance really helped with giving positive feelings that things would work out. Your assistance meant so much as it relieved stress and gave us time and space to be with our children. We are very grateful and want to thank you so much for the help, it will never be forgotten.”

“You don’t know how much this helped me. I just cashed the check last week and paid some bills and got some food. From the bottom of my heart, thank you and God bless.”

“I wanted to extend my thanks and appreciation for this assistance during this difficult and stressful time. This gift will go towards covering most of my heating costs for the upcoming winter. I hope in the near future I can contribute back to your fund, to assist others when they find themselves in a time of unexpected need.”

“Seven months ago we had our home foreclosed on and had to move into a garage. Two months ago we received the news that my husband had cancer. We cannot put into words the gratitude we have for the gift of help and the hope you have given us. When everything looked so dark, your Foundation brightened up our lives. We will never forget the hand up you have given us.”