What would you do if your child was sick and no one knew why?
What would you do if you had to take six weeks unpaid leave from work?
What would you do if you were given one day's notice of eviction?
What would you do if all three events collided into one heartbreaking time in your life?
And what would you do if all of this happened while you were a single mom with no support?
This is the harsh reality one of my coworkers is facing this very moment.
An accounts payable coordinator for a not-for-profit trade association in Irving, Amy has only been with the organization a short time, but she has made a lasting impact, garnering wide acclaim as the consummate problem solver. An innate characteristic that has served her well. However, Amy now faces a problem she can not solve alone.
Since early August, Amy's watched, helplessly, as her young daughter has been overcome by an unknown illness that's brought on bout after painful bout of vomiting and fever. Multiple hospitalizations. Even more medications. All to no avail.
And Amy, a single mom, has shouldered this terrifying burden alone. This week, after being at her daughter's side for more than a month (exhausting what little PTO and vacation time she had accumulated), Amy was notified that she was being evicted from her home ¦
The office is doing a few things internally to help Amy during this difficult time. But, as we're a small staff and I know Amy's needs are great (staggering medical bills and expenses), I wanted to extend the reach to the powerful community of moms.
If you ™d like to give a fellow mama some much-needed words of encouragement, a small donation or pass along a simple thinking about you, please e-mail email@example.com.
Here's to the beauty and power and inspiration found in the kindness of strangers ¦