Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sally R. Needs a Sponsor like You!!

Getting old is not always as easy as we plan it to be, but it is easier when you have a friend to help you along the way. For the seniors who take part in our Senior Citizen Project, we are that friend that helps with life’s curveballs.

Sally R. is one of the seniors who receive support through our donor’s generosity and open hearts. 67 year old Sally was born in Massachusetts. As an only child, her mother passed away at the age of 82 and her father at 80. After marrying a computer programmer, Sally moved around the country from Florida to Ohio to Iowa until finally arriving in Illinois. Since divorced, her ex-husband is retired in Minnesota. Sally has lived the last six years quietly in DuPage County. She used to work as a waitress, but has since retired.

Age has not been kind to Sally as she suffers from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and last year was diagnosed with diabetes. “I worry about the diabetes because I know it causes all kind of other problems. I have cataracts on my eyes and I am afraid of getting glaucoma,” she shared.

Because of Sally’s diabetes, eating healthy foods is extremely important. This is something she could not afford to do before. “All I can rely on is my social security, and that is not enough to eat healthy,” she says. The monthly deliveries of 15 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables, 7 frozen meats, and bread, 5 plastic bags of non-perishable food, and paper and personal care items such as toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex truly make a difference in Sally’s life and well-being.

Help support our seniors like Sally whose participation in our Senior Citizen Project has relieved the stress of daily life by being a sponsor. To sponsor a senior it is $800 a year (that’s $70 a month) or a co-sponsor for $400 a year (that’s $35 a month). Be a sponsor and help our seniors who have difficulty helping themselves.

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