“My husband was the breadwinner and he passed away last July. He had a heart attack. He wasn’t even 50. It has been rough working through the grief and I am not making enough money to pay bills and buy food. That is why I have been waiting in for hours for food from Feeding the Gulf Coast. I have three kids, they are seven, nine, and thirteen. I am from Oregon and don’t have family here and much support. I am not on welfare or food stamps. I probably should be, but I have never had to do that before. A friend is letting us rent a room. We would be homeless without that. I am in between jobs, but I have been doing odd jobs and yard work in the neighborhood. I have done outside sales and phone work.
The puppy was thrown into my world. I don’t need a dog right now, but she wasn’t in a good spot and I had to help her. I can’t let anything bad happen to her. She is so little that her eyes are still blue.
I overcame addiction. I was a heroin addict for 15 years and I have been off of it for ten. I am proud of that because most people don’t make it out of heroin addiction. It took me so long do get off of it that I feel like I was delivered. It has been a rough year from the death after my husband died, the Coronavirus, and trying to keep my family together, but I have stayed clean.
It is time to figure out where we go from here. I want to get back on my feet and own my own home.”
(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.)