Medical expenses have left this family of five behind on bills and in need of help.
Problems started a number of years ago when the father had to take medical retirement from his work after sustaining a traumatic brain injury on the job. He is prevented from working outside of the home and recently had to have surgery on his nose.
One of the couple’s three children, a 11-year-old girl, has chronic asthma, which has led to pneumonia.
The mother has a full-time job that pays $12.45 per hour, but she has had take intermittent days off to care for her 11-year-old.
Taking that time off doesn’t put her at risk of losing her job, because she’s protected by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. But she hasn’t accrued enough sick leave or vacation time to get paid when she’s off to look after her daughter.
“I can’t express how much we appreciate any help,” the 39-year-old mother said.
The other children are a boy, 8, and a girl, 14.
The family’s most immediate concerns are $440 for a car payment, $200 for food and $100 for a water bill.