Monday, December 06, 2010

What you guys did today:

The Crisis I wrote about this weekend is far from averted--that's going to take years and more miracles than even *we* currently have on tap--but it's certainly been mitigated, at least in part.

The folks who got the money are going to be able to do things like pay for heat, and medication, and gas for the car. That was not going to happen before you all gave your okay. Now they don't have to juggle one in order to pay for another, or go short on one thing to get not-quite-enough of something else.

You guys took *so* much worry off of these people's shoulders, I can't even express it. You know how you can just tell when somebody is totally on the edge, how it just bleeds through in their writing, even when they're trying to be brave? Imagine that times about a hundred, from somebody who never complains and never asks for help, and that's what you helped alleviate.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You all made somebody's day, really and truly, in addition to making mine.

I've said this before: I cry so much more now than before I was diagnosed. It's like all my emotions got sandpapered, and tears come to the surface much more easily. This is the second time in a row I've cried overjoyed, proud tears because of the readers of this blog.

I am *so proud* to be associated with all of you. I am so very thankful that you are all here.


Anonymous said...

'Tis the Season

Dr. Alice said...

It is a privilege to help. It feels so good to know, directly, that something we did made a difference for someone else.

inkgrrl said...

I'm crying too! It's just the lingering aftereffects of the Versed... yeah, that's it.

How Awesome! I am so sorry I missed this. Is it too late to donate? I should be over post-op hangover by tomorrow/ Wednesday at the latest and able to comprehend math again.

Penny Mitchell said...

I couldn't be more thrilled!!!!!!

TheSchaft said...

Aw, crap - now you've got ME crying.

Thank you for being you.

Loki said...

I regret that as a nursing student I'm in too much of a financial crunch to help at all, but I'm keeping those orphaned causes on my mind until I get that first nursing check.

Jo, you're a strong woman and while I disagree with your theological views I am overjoyed that not only have you come out pretty much safe after your cancer, but that you and so many of your readers here have come to help others in need. You are all incredible people, most of all you Jo.

Anonymous said...

Its the little things in life that count, like heat, gas, medication, things I don't have trouble paying for and don't even think about. But if I didn't have even one of them, I would feel pretty awful. Thank you Jo for hitting a hat trick for these folks. You are their angel, and I am enjoying a little angel by proxy right now.

WarmSocks said...

I'm really happy to hear that donors were able to make such a big difference in someone's circumstances.

If I could offer a tip, as one who has had to evaluate requests for aid - don't give cash. Since in this situation the people hadn't asked for help, it's unlikely to be an issue. There might be future situations, however, and it is usually best to not give out cash. Assist without handing money to people who are short of it. Directly pay a heating bill rather than giving someone the money to pay their own bill. Go to the pharmacy and pay for the meds. Go to the gas station and pay after they've filled their tank. Buy someone a bus ticket and put them on the bus (not applicable to this situation, but some people will take a ticket and cash it in for the $ if they have the opportunity).