We need help -- DESPERATELY
I certainly don't expect any single person to be able to meet all of these needs, but we're in trouble and I thought this might be the place to share. A small amount from many people can go a long, long way! Also, this way you can pray and know specifically about our needs:
We are 3 payments behind on our mortgage. I'm terrified of being evicted although there were so many signs from God that this is where He wanted us to be. It's a GREAT story but I'll share that seperately in another message.
We are over $1500 behind on our gas/electric bill. They've worked out a payment plan for us but it still costs us about $400 a month when you tie in the backpay agreement that we have to pay each month along with our full current bill. If we miss a payment, we will have to pay it in full or be shut off. Our water bill of $135 is also just about overdue. I don't know how we could live without gas/electricity/or water.
We are also behind on our telephone/internet bill. I know internet sounds like an extravagence but being mostly homebound, it is the best way that we can keep in touch with family and friends.
We have an empty (now broken but runable -thank you, Jesus!) gas tank in our car and three dollars in our bank accouont until my Social Security check comes on December 28. $250 of that is gone already, going to the man that I hit the other night. He has decided to not make a police report (thank you again, Lord!) but asked us to pay his insurance deductible (which he admitted he was going to pocket. Oh, well. It's my responsibility and I think that he was very kind and reasonable when you look at how things could have gone!
We need money to be able to get to our doctors' offices and to get our numerous prescriptions. Mine are two antidepressants, an antiaxiety, Ambien, and my pain medications. My husband's are an antidepressant, antianxiety, blood pressure, Plavix, Lipitor, pain medications (two failed back surgeries and a heart attack 3 years ago), plus about 3 or more that I don't even know the name of! I have no prescription insurance and was not eligible for any of the insurance supplements for medicare because I'm not 65. Medicare Part D would cost more a year than paying for the prescriptions outright.
Protein. We have a lot of canned goods but no meat once the turkey runs out (that 3 single guys from our church chipped in for to get us a Thanksgiving basket).
I have pawned my wedding rings. I just can't let them get sold. At this point, it is $159 to get them out. I have another month to get them out.
Vet bills. One cat has a broken arm and I can't just leave him like that. Right now, it's $54 for the x-rays and I have to take him back right after Christmas. I'm hoping they'll work out a payment plan with me. I also have a $488 bill from a cat that ended up dying in October despite extensive care.
A $120-something dollar doctor bill that if not paid by the end of the month will no longer allow me to see my doctor.
Car insurance. Yep, that's a biggie. I wouldn't be in the mess that I'm in if we hadn't let our insurance lapse.
I know there's more but my head is swimming. Please pray over these, ask your friends to pray over them, heck, ask strangers!
A "friend" started a fundraider for us, friends donated items for auction and put up a jar on a table with baked items for sale at a Christian coffeehouse. We had no access to the bank account that she put all the money in and she ended up stealing every penny out of it -- over $4000! I cried for days. Oh, what that money could have done. I'm tempted to make a cardboard sign and sit on the corner with a paper cup by this time.
We have always been faithful in our financial giving and beyond as well as giving much of time as our handicaps allow.
BTW, our local church has been a great help in the past but is tapped out ('tis the season). We've also checked every social agency in the area but no help is available either. Our mortgage is no higher than renting a small apartment here. I also have documentation for everything shared above as well as permission to contact our local church. Although I realize that it's unlikely that any one person could help us (though that would be a miracle in itself!) , but perhaps through the hands of many, we could at least make a dent in our pressing needs. I will promptly reply to any and everyone who shows any interest or advice in helping us. Thank you for your prayerful consideration over our situation. We are grateful for each and every one of them. May your Christmas be peaceful, joyful, and full of wonder. ·
Also, if it matters, my husband is a combat vet from Desert Storm (in the '90s). Thanks again for your prayers and for considering helping us in some way. If you know of someone who is looking for someone worthy to help this year, please pass the above on.