When it rains it pours. This adult brother and sister live on a fixed income. After a bed bug infestation took nearly all their possessions, the pair worked hard to recover. Just as they were coming close to replacing their most neccessary household items, an emergency dental bill came in to the tune of $5000. Now they are without the funds to replace one of their beds. This 52-year-old woman has a simple, modest request: a clean bed to sleep on. With your help, they've already reached 85% of their goal. You can help get them the rest of the way.
Read on to learn more about this modest need in the words of the applicant herself:
"I am 52 years old and live with my brother, who is 51. We suffer from severe agoraphobia and receive social security and disability payments. It is just the two of us and a cat. We rarely go out of our apartment. We do regularly go to our doctor appointments and pick up our medications.
We had bed bugs for a year and several items in our home needed to be thrown out, including a couch, a bookcase and my brother's bed. We have no couch in the living room because we can't afford to replace it. My mattress is still covered with bed bug feces and is quite unsanitary. It cannot be cleaned; it must be thrown out. I cannot throw it out yet because I cannot replace it, and without it I'll have no place to sleep. I really need my rent paid for one month so I can finally buy a new bed.
The reason we need help is because we have recently been shocked by a number of unexpected bills. In July 2011, I began experiencing severe mouth pain and was forced to see a dentist. One root canal, one crown, several cavity fillings and a special deep cleaning were all necessary to stop the pain and decay. None of it was cosmetic dentistry. The total bill for all the work was over $5100 (which comes out to be 34% of my annual income). This was a huge expense for someone who only receives $1263 a month in disability. I have no dental insurance and we don't make enough on social security to save up for catastrophic medical bills like these. Also, I pay about $200 a month for prescription drugs. The bills are stacking up. It all seems to be happening at once.
I am afraid of getting sick from sleeping on such an unsanitary old bed. The exterminator told me 'you must get rid of this bed.' Under our financial circumstances, having to pay out of pocket for oral surgery has forced us to go without many things. We go without new clothes, though need basics like socks, bras and underwear (obviously we are not going to buy used undergarments from a thrift store). We were at least able to replace my brother's bed last before all the dental expenses, but now it seems I have no hope of ever being able to afford a new bed.
I am very depressed about the situation. I suffer from major depression to begin with, and sleeping on this dirty bed just adds to it. I look around our apartment—-no couch, no bookcase, my dirty bed—-I feel like I live in a slum and it is very discouraging to me.
Getting the rental fee paid for one month will allow me to buy a new, clean bed. A decent bed should last at least 25 years, so having a clean mattress for that long of a time will definitely improve the quality of my life in the long-term. I think your donors are wonderful people. I pray that God will use you to provide help to me, as I try to pay it forward by doing good deeds to others. I am involved in a community outreach program where we go to people's homes and study the Bible with them free of charge. This allows people to make dramatic changes for the better in their lives. I am doing what I can to help my fellow man. Thank you so much for considering my application.