Paid 03/13/2017
Self-Sufficiency Grant
Imminent Loss of Utilities
Special Needs Children

Fully Funded

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This person has left the following thank you note:

User-submitted image -  Click to see real sizeWhen I found the Modest Needs website there were so many stories of people in need. I read through some of the testimonials then realized there was an ever growing population of folk like me and my family who just were not able to afford things like groceries, utilities, or rent. After reading about others who were able to share their experiences, it took some of the sting of shame away that I felt in even reaching out to ask for help. With so many testimonials of extended generosity I assumed the funding would be used for those whose need had come before ours, or that people would run out of the general desire, resources, or willingness to contribute to the Modest Needs Foundation. I followed the instructions, learned how to upload documents, which as an older person was quite an accomplishment, and prayed as I had at other times. Weeks later, while waiting in the emergency department at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with my eleven year old daughter for the fifth time in a year, I received a notice that our request had been fully funded! Here I sat, in the emergency department with my daughter, while the blizzard of 2017 raged outside. A sense of comfort came over me and I immediately called my husband who was working overnight at the same hospital as he had done for thirty eight years. I shared the good news through tears of joy. He appeared almost instantly, gave our daughter a gentle kiss while she lie in bed, gave me a tender smile, and at 3 AM did a little old man jig of sheer happiness. What a relief to know that even through the storms of life there are those who are able to make a difference in the lives of others, and who choose to do so! Our home will be heated, and our faith is renewed by your generosity. We are amazed, overwhelmed, and grateful. With Warmest Regards, Viola Collins

Please Help Us Keep Warm Home for Our Trisomy Child

My Story:

When our daughter was born, she was given three days to live. We were told that children with Trisomy 18 usually do not live past their first birthday. Our little girl must have missed that memo and has joyfully outgrown their expectations. She is 10-years-old which is nothing short of a miracle in Trisomy years. My husband works hard to support our household and provide for our daughter's medical needs. He has worked full-time, with overtime and also had a part-time job on the side. I was working part-time and taking classes, but now am my daughter's caretaker on a full-time basis.

This has been a particularly difficult year. Our daughter had been admitted to the PICU three times, and one hospital stay lasted over six weeks. During that admission, my mother was horribly injured in a fall as well as suffering from two cardiac episodes. We have taken on responsibility for my 15-year-old nephew who was previously being cared for by my mother. I travel hours to take my mother to her doctors and specialists each week. Due to the number of medical expenses, and time missed at work while our daughter was hospitalized, we have had a difficult time keeping up with some of our financial obligations. We have not been able to pay the gas bill for our heat, and we are now facing a winter with costly electric heat and high electric bills.

We are asking for Modest Needs' help to pay the gas bill so we can provide our daughter and my nephew with heat, hot water, and cook food in our home. Heat is absolutely critical, as our daughter's diagnosis comes with an extensive list of conditions. One of these conditions is Hypothalamic dysfunction, which creates an inability to properly regulate body temperature. Despite my husband's working long hours plus overtime, we cannot afford to catch up with our heating bill, and it is incredibly stressful.

I am reaching out for help because we currently need this support with our utilities in order to meet our daughter's basic needs. Being a caretaker of those you love is consuming, but we are doing all we can to support our family. It is disheartening at times like these when it is simply not enough. Any help we receive would be greatly appreciated.

As of 2017-03-13, this application has been fully funded!

This request for help was funded at the recommendation and through the support of Modest Needs' donors.

Application Status Update: On 2017-03-31, Modest Needs sent payment via Check in the amount of $1,472.15 to South Jersey Gas on behalf of this deserving individual.