Janice of Detroit is a single mom who has spent her entire adult life giving back to the community. In addition to working and raising a kind, intelligent, focused daughter, (she’s a junior at MSU-GO GREEN!), she has also been the foster parent to many other at-risk children, giving them love and leadership in their time of need. When her side effects from her cancer treatments made it impossible for her to continue working, she was in real danger of losing her home and car. Janice is using her gift to get caught up, have a nice Christmas and hold her until her benefits kick in next month.
Nigelee of Waterford is a 33-year-old single mom of a delightful and energetic five-year-old daughter. The two are a joy to know! The car she drives was dangerous and in need of extensive repairs. This vehicle is the only source to get her daughter to school and herself to treatment. Every time she drove it, she prayed that it wouldn’t breakdown and strand the two of them. Our team in the shop was able to see to the repairs as well as present her with a check that helped them have a nice Christmas and catch up on some bills.
Sarah* of South Lyon is 40 years old and newly diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She has twin boys who are 11 and one has special needs – is nonverbal and has a caregiver. Her husband just lost his job in November. Her parents have just arrived from out of the country to help them, but they were overwhelmed. Sarah has a private policy for health insurance with very high deductibles, but the insurance is essential to provide for the special needs of her son as well as her own medical treatment. She was just hospitalized for side effects of her chemotherapy and their medical bills are astronomical! The family will use the gift to help tide them over until her husband can find new work. (*name changed)
Elizabeth of Milford was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer earlier this year. She is married with three children, one in college and two in high school. They have had many financial stressors prior to the cancer diagnosis since her husband’s company failed in 2008, they lost their savings and home. They are both working now, she works two part-time positions all while undergoing chemotherapy. She has had a lot of medical deductibles and has missed a lot of work unpaid while being treated. They used part of their gift to provide a nice Christmas for their family and will use the remainder to catch up on bills.