We won! I felt my heart skip a beat as I realized that my family would benefit from an angel. This angel is Donny Gamble and the Hope Grant Foundation, which is set up specifically for single mothers. We won! My two boys, 5 and 11, and I have been through so much together. We have overcome hardships of homelessness and lack of food and clothing but have grown positively as individuals and as a family. It has been a blessed year but I needed help yet again. I wasn’t sure if my prayers would be answered but they were.
An angel is definitely watching over my family. I am not a single mother by choice, oh hell no! But I have the two best blessings of my boys by being their mother and by not giving up on them or myself. My youngest is Autistic and ADHD and my oldest is neuro-typical. I myself struggle with PTSD and attend Pain School, Pain Treatment, and a few other doctors to overcome that. I work hard for my boys. I advocate strongly for both. I even home-schooled my oldest son this past spring and helped him regain the self-confidence he thought he had lost.
We have a roof over our head, water, heat, food, clothing, transportation, and a phone. I call these the basic seven that are a must for us. There were a lot of positives this year, but lacking childcare I was not able to take on some of the work I had in years past to help supply the basic seven. My phone bill was one month late when I applied for the Hope Grant. That one month turned into two. And then I received the answer from our angel that my family was chosen as the grant recipients. My boys are growing and eat me out house and home most weeks and clothing is an issue due to the fact that they are forever growing (my 11 year old wears size 12 mens shoes!!) but I needed help with that darn phone bill. I need it for emergencies.
My 5 year old ran away from school last week. I needed that communication from the school to be able to help the school and my son. A phone is very important for us. I received the check from Donny Gamble and the Hope Charity in less than a week after finding out that we had won. Applying was simple. I answered a few short questions and wrote a short summary about my family and our situation. I hoped to win, I prayed to win. I needed to win this grant. The grant allows me to get caught up on my important phone bill, buy some much needed food, and an inexpensive gift for each of my precious boys. I am not a single mother by choice. I do the very best I can.
We struggle and do without on most things. But those basic seven needs are important to me. I have a calling, a duty as a mother. I take that duty very seriously. I love my job as a mother. This grant gives me hope to keep moving forward. We just needed that extra oomph this year. And we received it. If our hearts weren’t in the right places, if we weren’t making the right choices, if we weren’t doing all we could to overcome our own struggles as they arise, I know that we wouldn’t have blessed by this grant. I thank you so very very much for this opportunity. Thank you.