My “Free Money” post, part of my $10 for Tuesday Project, has received over 60 comments. Everything from “Give me $10 or I’ll kill you” to, more often, tales that are a sign of these tough times.
It’s become much more of a responsibility than I ever imagined. To think someone was so desperate that they Googled “free money” and took the time to comment or email me their story hoping they might get a measly $10 breaks my heart. I always try to respond.
I received this note a while back:
My name is Michelle I am a 32 yr old single mom of 2. A 12 yr old lil girl and my 7yr old son Kevin who was diagnosed with a rare aggressive form of cancer called Rhabdomyopsarcoma. On June 19,2010 he is getting chemo and radiation. I am trying to raise 1500.00 to get a vehicle and my license so I can get him to his doctors appointments in Atlanta, Ga which is nearly 4 hours from our home in Valdosta, GA. We have to be in Atlanta twice a week and sometimes more. I am a waitress and it’s very hard to juggle all of this. I feel like I’m letting my babies down. But I’m trying. I would greatly appreciate it if you would please ask your family and church and anyone else you can think of to please pray for my Bo. His name is Kevin. Bo is his nickname. Thank you
“I’m letting my babies down.” That sentence levels me.
It’s not always easy to vet the stories to see if they are genuine. But after doing some digging and exchanging a few emails with Michelle I have no reason to believe that she isn’t telling the horrible truth.
This week I’m mailing my $10 to Michelle so she can help take care of her babies. I know that $10 won’t make that much of a difference, but more than anything I want her to know that there is someone out there that hears her. I would be honored if you joined me.
Email me at Kelsey@kelseytimmerman.com and I’ll send you her address.
(This is my second $10 for Tuesday today because I missed last week)