My right shoulder was destroyed in September, 2012. I have not been able to work, and even though I went to court last October and was found to be disabled, I have not received any financial aid to date.They put in a metal replacement, but there is no muscle to attach to allow movement, and aches constantly. My wife only makes $9.00 an hour, and even though my landlord is a good man, I currently owe him $1600.00 in current and back rent, my electric will be shut off February 3rd, because I had to choose between that or gas, and heating my home won. I have just been served notice I have to go to court on February 28th for $6,747.13 over medical bills I can't pay. And of course I owe the IRS over $6000.00 and the State just over $1,000, but they can hold their breath. I have already sold anything I ever had worth anything, so there is nothing left for them to take.
For the past several days, I've been eye-balling our budget, trying to find where we could pull out a few dollars to donate, but I simply can't find anything that hasn't either been spent, or been earmarked for something we have to have. And it won't change until I get paid for the first time for the semester on the last working day of February.
I know that not all of my readers can afford much, if anything. I also know that not all of my readers read Wirecutter or Angel, and might have missed the page.
The guy isn't asking for a lot. He's asked for ten grand out of the more than fourteen he owes various agencies and such.
And even ten or fifteen can help. I just don't have the ten or fifteen to spend, until after 2/28.
If I had it, I would give. I would give as much as I had. Why? Because while I don't believe that it's the government's place to hand out my money to people, I do believe that it is my place to help take care of my neighbor, as The Good Samaritan did.