These last few weeks I came to know a whole American family. Their issues, their health, their social status…. I must say that I am amazed by the fact that in America nowadays, there are people struggling and fighting for their lives, living worse than some poor African family in Africa!
Yes, There are millions of cases in US alone, and we can’t help everyone either. But we can do our share be it a thought, an idea, a donation, a friendly advice…..
Today I will share their story with you. That’s the only thing I can do as I don’t have the means to help them. I hope that this post will reach hundreds of people out there and perhaps there will be someone capable of helping a few among millions.
Anderson, Missouri, a town of some 2000 people. Somewhere in one of those old wooden bungalows a family of 5 is sharing a house with another smaller family. They share the rent too.
Our family of 5 is composed of:
A father incapable of working due to a stage 4 cancer. He’ll die one of these days
A disabled mother who has to tend to her 3 children and has only 500 dollars a month.
An 18 year old daughter, who has dreams but her chronic headache is keeping from going to school everyday and is pushing her to depression.
And 2 smaller kids.
The other family is composed of 2 kids and an Aunt who is turning their life into hell. As far as I understand , our family of 5 soon becoming of 4, is going to be kicked out as soon as the father dies.
The main problem is, that the father wants to be buried or cremated thousands miles away in California where his adoptive parents are. And this costs 5000 dollars!
The second problem is that, as he isn’t legally married to his wife, all the fee has to be payed by his 18 year old daughter who doesn’t have money. Even if it was his wife who had to pay for it, she wouldn’t be able to, as she only gets 500 dollars a month.
I shared an idea with them: what if the 5 of them would go to California to wait for him to pass away there. It would cost roughly 500 bucks to go there and return. The idea could have worked but, if he was to be buried they’ll have to pay 2000 dollars for the spot! Really? That’s bloody expensive to die in America! The only alternative the mother tells me, is to cremate him so that he could fit in the familial ground. Which is forbidden by the Holy Scriptures.
Plus they’ll have to take ALL their belongings with them (which is impossible by airplane) as they’re going to be kicked out by the aunt. And moving to California is very expensive for people like them. There are lots of other states way cheaper. Where the rent costs about 600 dollars a month. But how can they travel to California with their belongings and then re-travel to another state? That’s impossible!
For the moment we’re in a dead end. And that worsen the life of the 18 year old. She tried to be hit by a car a few days ago. Fortunately they all avoided her. That’s insane!
I really don’t know what to do. Do you have an idea I didn’t think about, or do you have a second home you don’t need somewhere or do you know someone who is renting a small bungalow somewhere at a very cheap price? Or ANYTHING AT ALL??