One of my faithful readers and I sometimes exchange emails back and forth. She is a disabled mom with a four-year-old little boy who has Autism. We were talking about our mutual tough financial times and she told me that she was not going to have Christmas this year. No tree, no presents, no nothing.
Any spare money goes to paying doctors, tests, etc. for her illnesses and conditions. I know how that goes. My husband and I regularly spend between 15 to 18 thousand dollars a year and we all have health insurance.
The reader said it really wouldn’t matter any way since her son is Autistic, he would not know about Christmas coming and going anyway.
When I read her email, I cried. I asked her, she did not ask ME, if I could help her. And she has finally allowed me to do it.
Her paypal account is firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: She has also, at my suggestion, done a wish list on Amazon, as people have wanted to send gifts. She is Tendai Phiri. The list is named Christmas 2010. She would love some therapeutic things for her son, clothes for him and lastly clothes for her husband and herself.
Christmas may come late for this family, but let’s make it come!
Thank you, my wonderful readers. Please comment and let me know that you gave so I know how generous people can be. Even if it’s only five dollars, lots of a little can add up to a lot!