“My son lost his job because of the Coronavirus and his family moved in with us. It has been rough on them. They have a 13-month-old baby and a nine-year old. I am 66 years old and on disability. Having them move in is stressful, but you have to take it one day at a time. Family. You either love them and do what you can, or you don’t. We are hoping his job comes back. He is doing odd jobs and anything they can do. His wife can’t work because they can’t afford a babysitter. I can’t watch both of the kids while they work, but my grandson is happy to have his PawPaw around right now. I came out here for Feeding the Gulf Coast food distribution. Every little bit helps.
My other son is disabled and in a wheelchair from a motorcycle wreck. That was 15 years ago and I do what I can to help him. Life was once much better. The first grandbaby came and life was perfect. There were no complaints. I worked for the county, but got hurt and went on disability. I played drums, keyboard, and guitar in a praise band at church until I had to quit. I have worked since I was 15 and miss it. I have bone spurs on my spinal cord, degenerative discs, my hips are ate up with arthritis, and my knees are bone on bone. I have good insurance, but the doctors say there is nothing they can do.
I shouldn’t have lived nearly this long. I was burned in a car fire helping my brother fixing his car. My brother ripped the seat covers from the car, jumped on top of me, and put me out. I am thankful for my family and the grace of God that I am walking and alive.
Our Southern Souls is partnering with the United Way of Southwest Alabama to raise $50,000 to get at least 2,020 kids off partner agencies’ waiting lists and into the programs they need. This will be more kids getting a Big Brother or Big Sister or into the Boys and Girls Clubs. More kids getting weekend backpack meals or fed through Feeding the Gulf Coast. It will help expand the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Mobile County and provide free books for kids. It will provide shelter to a few more families with kids, and help a few more mothers with children get away from domestic violence.
To give, text “2020 Pledge” to 41444 or go to www.uwswa.org.