An anonymous reader just left a startling comment as follows:
Patrice - Help Me!
My husband was laid off from work on Friday! I have been actively looking for employment since January with NO success. So we are literally at the end of our rope.
Thankfully I have some meager preparations (wheat, rice, beans, some meat in the freezer, etc). But it won't go far with a family of six.
I am just scared and can't think straight right now.
Can you help me figure out some ways to get through this?
C'mon, folks, put on your thinking caps. What advice can we offer to get her through this?
UPDATE: You've all been unbelievably generous in offering prayers and support to this family, so I thought you'd like to know more. This reader just sent me some additional information (certain details omitted for the sake of privacy) as follows:
I wrote the anonymous comment this morning asking you to help me. I was very surprised to see it posted on your regular blog instead of just in the comments section. I just wanted to provide a few more details that might shed more light on our situation.
I am totally blown away by the comment asking about starting a collection for us. Please ask folks to contact their local church leaders to assist people in this manner (as there are people hurting everywhere) and usually the pastor or other elders will know of quiet but desperate people within the congregation (that are not abusing others' generosity). However, I have joked that I know where a piece of cardboard is and I can spell, unlike some of the panhandlers. : )
Next, the rest of the details. My husband and I have been happily married 25 years and have 5 children (4 are still at home). We live in Texas (with family commitments that tie us here) and thankfully have a few acres and mobile home that are paid for. So if we can pay the taxes this January, we'll be fine on that account. We have timber to cut and burn for firewood (and cook on in the winter). We are very rural, so no public transit for us. We do have a small car payment, but should be able to manage. My husband is handy and can weld / build so he is offering estimates to anyone who needs anything done. We cook from scratch, can and preserve, attempt to garden (unsuccessfully), buy from Goodwill, are thrifty (Tightwad Gazette style), no TV, no credit card debt, etc. And yes, we had a small emergency fund, but my husbands' truck motor blew up and has to be overhauled so there went the emergency fund!
I know we will survive. And as believers, I know we are not to worry or fear. But I still just get scared when I know we were barely making it payday to payday as it was with a steady income.
I guess I just needed to hear your calm voice telling me a few action steps that I can take to help me help my precious family through these trying times. I think about those Depression-era photos of Pie Town, NM and the look of desperation in the eyes of the mothers in those photos. I hope someone doesn't take my picture anytime soon.
Thank you for your blog!