One Modest Needs applicant spent five years caring for his aging father who was suffering for dementia. He did so full-time. It was his top priority.
This dedicated made sure that his father's final years on earth were as comfortable and as loving and as safe as possible. He helped his ailing dad die with dignity.
And you have made it possible for this grieving son to avoid being punished for choosing to be his father's caregiver. By giving to Modest Needs, even to a different cause, you have allowed this man to stay above water after his father's passing.
Now that his dad is gone, this one full-time caretaker is now looking for work. After five years caring for his parent, this search is not as easy as he would like. He used his father's SSI distributions to pay for the cremation, but had no money left to pay his outstanding mortgage.
That's where you stepped in. You rewarded this man's dedication to his care for his dying father. You gave him a hand because he spent so long lending his.
Taking care of my dad for 5 years was not a job, nor did it ever become burden to me. It was rewarding and a joy to do, when he needed me the most. And i would welcome the chance to do it all over again, if only i could. Even in being my dads caregiver, I knew that the day would come that he would leave me to be with god and my mother, that my financial situation, would be unknown on how i would be able to keep my home and pay my other bills. I have cried many tears, and said a lot of prayers since nov. 2010. Not knowing how I would keep my home. God has answered my prayers, and I now believe that there are true angles that live among us in this world. And they are working through the Modest Needs Foundation. Even though I miss my dad dearly every day, I now know in being my dads care giver with the support of the donors of Modest Needs, I can go forward with my life. God bless each and ever one of you that helped me in this difficult time in my life!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! May god bless you all!!
From him, from us, and no doubt from his dad: Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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