Thursday, December 18, 2008

Family In Desperate Need

Hi WMRC friends!

This is something I have never done before, so I hope it all comes out right.

My daughter Shea's friend since kindergarten, Jenny Shoulders' dad is dying from liver disease. He is on a list for a transplant but it doesn't look good. They give him less than a year, diagnosed over 3 months ago. His job of course had to let him and out of hospitals constantly. They have 3 kids, 15, 17, and 20 years old. Their 20 year old son works and has been helping out financially as much as he can. The mom, Debbie, has always been a stay home mom, is working part time as a pet groomer. The rest of the time she is taking care of Jeff. Shea said Jenny hasn't talked about it much, but sort of fell apart the other day because she is so scared. The family is on welfare, getting food stamps, and is on the verge of losing their home. They do not have any other family, except for Jeff's elderly mom who lives in Aho, Arizona. They are also the type of people that would never ask for help. I know these are tough times for many of us, trust me, I know. With all this craziness going on in the world, I am so fortunate to have a healthy family and friends with some of the greatest people ever! SO fortunate!

Now, here comes the asking part...not good at this.

I promised Shea I would tell their story to you guys, hoping to get some small donations. You know, if this doesn't work out, I completely understand. Shea and I are going to make a gift basket for her family with some necessary items, (paper products, dog food, cleaning supplies, etc.) be cool to include a cashiers check from WMRC donations. We would deliver it on Christmas Day if possible.

Think it over, if you are able, I will be at WMRC next Wed. or you can send a check to me.
19836 N. 37th avenue
glendale, AZ 85308 Honestly I feel weird doing this, but it is one of those things where I don't know what else to do...
Honey Albrecht


Jonesman said...

Good job Honey, I too hate asking for help/money as I did recently to raise funds for the blind children that my wife teaches but what I found was that my donors were more than happy to help out, and they were generous. I’m sure you will find the same.

Two things:
1)I think this would be a good time to start thinking/talking about a WMRC charity run similar to the successful Poker Run. A small event like that with a $10-20 donation would go a long way toward helping someone(s) in need.
2)Although my pockets only go to my hip joint, they used to go down to my ankles I’m going to make a small donation to you and I challenge my two good buddies Aaron and Joe, that have pockets so long people step on em to match my donation. Then Aaron and Joe can each challenge two of their comrades to do the same.


honey said...

Thanks Jonesman!
I like your charity run idea with wmrc. Maybe a mini-summits run or something.

higg said...

With the spirit of Jonesman’s challenge, I am going to beat my good buddy Mark C. to the punch and challenge him to match me. Yes I win again. Go Devils!!!

azspeedgoat said...

I will match the Higgy donation. We will work on the charity run also. I think that is a good idea.

Lats said...


Love to donate. Can you let me know who to make the check payable to?



honey said...

You guys are awesome! Chris, you can make it to either Jeff or Debbie Shoulders.