I was going to do a post today about the idea of making donations to charities possible at ATMs. Then I read the "thank you" note from the mother of an autistic boy who is in desperate need of a service dog to keep him safe (last month he jumped from a second story balcony.)
The thank you note reads thusly:
I just want to truly say thank you from the bottom of my heart. As the parent of an Autistic child everything is an uphill battle, especially since autism is not a covered for treatment under health insurance. Your generosity will help change not only my son's life but the life of our family for years to come.
Perhaps I am ignorant for not knowing that autism is not covered by health insurance. I will cop to that. I learned just now that it's because autism is a "pre-existing condition." And apparently there are thousands upon thousands of diseases and illnesses that one can be born with that garner no, zero, zilch health insurance benefits for the entirety of that person's life.
This is not going to be a rant about insurance coverage in the U.S., but there is something wrong with this scenario. Medical care is prohibitively expensive without major financial assistance, and to be without, for your entire life, because you were born with a disability is an unfair burden to bear.
All of this is to say that you are doing essential, life-saving work when you donate to or tell someone about Modest Needs. Often these individuals and families have no where else to turn when their loved ones need medical assistance. But you come in, with your donations large and small, and change these people's lives for the better.
Just a reminder that, as a Modest Needs team member, you are the safety net that keeps people who, through no fault of their own, can fall into a cycle of poverty just to receive medical attention. You are coming to the aid of your neighbors--people just like you--when other outlets fail them.
So, good work. Keep it up.
[Photo by Pete Markham]