For the first time in 65 years of married life, after coming home from the hospital himself, Mr. Jones was scared his wife would also return from the hospital to a cold home.
He had been out for three hours driving from one church to another determined to find someone who would help him pay his electric bill before the disconnect date on his notice. He didn’t know where to go for this was the first time in his eighty-four-year-old life that he had been in this situation.
He had been in the hospital for three weeks recently and his wife was actually in the hospital at the present time. The expense of medication upon his release from the hospital was more than his monthly social security income. He had a disconnect notice from both the electric and water companies in the mail that the neighbor had piled on the kitchen table. His wife was due to be released to come home with home health care within the next week. He knew this could not happen if the utilities were disconnected.
The office worker at one of the churches that he visited told him to our partner, Come-Unity Cooperative Care. “They are your best chance for help,” she told him. They were able to pay all his bill except for the $100 that he was given by the church.
Moments like this would not be possible without the support we receive from our supporters.
For those in Appalachia who are struggling to put food on the table for their children and themselves, and praying they don’t get sick because they can’t afford the medical bills, dental care is almost nonexistent on their list of priorities.
The result, particularly in Appalachia, is that children develop cavities, even before their adult teeth come in. The impact of poor dental health on academic achievement is profound, and we want to set these children up for success.
This is why we created the #Mighty Molars program. We work with partners in Kentucky, West Virginia and elsewhere to provide children with “Mighty Molar” dental kits.
Each kit contains:
- dental floss picks
- information about proper dental hygiene
Children will learn the importance of taking care of their teeth at a young age – before it’s too late.
Our goal is to remove barriers to academic success and health for children in Appalachia.
Our partner, Caring Hands Ministries, has done great work with providing help with food, clothes, and support to veterans and their families in GA. Below is a recent press release from Caring Hands :
For Immediate Release
For More Information Ann Fleming
FREE FOOD BOXES FOR MILITARY FAMILIES, VETERANS, FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
Caring Hands Ministries is offering free food boxes Saturday Jan. 27 to any active duty military families, veterans, and federal employees in this area who are affected by the government shut down and as a way of showing them respect and thanks. The idea for this developed as ministry volunteers thought of their own family members who might get IOU’s not pay checks realized that even though they might be able to get by on savings etc. some felt they and their service were not being valued. Food boxes will be available Sat. Jan. 27 12-2 PM at Caring Hands Ministries office. The address is 6483 Cleveland Hwy Clermont, GA in the same building as Papa’s Pizza. Cleveland Hwy is Hwy 129.
“The shut down may be over before Saturday.” said Caring Hands President Charles Fleming but we think it is important to show our support and appreciation in this way My nephew served in the middle east and was wounded there which put an end to his military career. I know he will be OK but I know it makes his children wonder why law makers are paid and dad isn’t. We learned when we did Homeland Military Relief boxes that there are quite a few veterans in this area who need all the help they can get. Many of them put their lives on the line for our country. We believe this is one way we can say thank you and show our respect.”
The boxes are provided by Americans Helping Americans www.helpingmericans.org
the same organization that provided the Homeland Military Relief boxes. They contain the makings of several meals in non perishable from. In addition those getting food boxes will be able to enter a drawing for a frozen turkey. Food boxes will be available while supplies last and hopefully will be adequate for all who need them.
Also available on the 27th will be warm new blankets, hats, scarves, gloves, and teen and adult shoes left from last week’s warm head to toe give away.
Anyone wanting more information or wanting to help or donate in any way can contact Caring Hands Ministries at 706 219 1980.