Every thank-you note and testimonial I read at Modest Needs is a joy. Sometimes they give me firsthand glimpses into that precious moment when someone realizes that his/her application has been funded. Other times, they bring to life the life-changing impact of a few hundred dollars.
But I wanted to share this somewhat bittersweet testimonial, from a mother whose daughter's heart transplant was recently rejected, because it didn't just make me feel good. It re-energized me, and underscored the urgency of helping families with seriously ill children. For them, the emotional burden (which seems almost unimaginable) is often rivaled by a financial one.
"As the parents of chronically ill children know, the expenses associated with caring for your child do not end with insurance and medical bills. As an only parent to a child who over the past few years has been in and out of the hospital for months at a time, the lost wages and accumulated bills make it impossible for us to keep our heads above water. Every time we hit a crisis, we are forced to return to public assistance and start all over again. It seems that we never quite get solvent enough to build a cushion before the bottom drops out from beneath us again. The founder and staff of Modest Needs are the first and only organization that I have seen/heard of who understand these needs. This gift is enough to give us a boost so that we can stay solvent, so that we do not have to be embarrased about the fact that we are living without electricity/ gas/ water for a week (as we have done so many times in the past). The payment of this one bill will help stop the domino effect that our household finances are currently experiencing. Thank you so much, Modest Needs and donors! You are so wise through your generosity. I hope to soon be back in a position where I can do the same for someone else in a similar situation through the Modest Needs organization. Thank you, again!"
We receive many applications from parents struggling to stay afloat while supporting a sick child. Here are two currently up for funding: Rent -- Daughter in Hospital for 40 Days; and Mortgage Assistance and Late Fee.
Thanks again for all your support and kind words. I look forward to hearing from some of you soon.