My dear friend Edna Farrington, an 84 year old wheel chair bound former Embassy nurse and victim of Hurricane Sandy
was evacuated from her nursing home in Far Rockaway, NYC after the storm. The nursing home where she was living is located a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, one of the worst hit areas in NYC.
When I heard on the "national news" that residents from the nursing homes in Far Rockaway were being evacuated, I knew Edna was in one of those homes. At that moment I knew I had to take action. My 17 year old son and I drove to NYC in search of Edna. We found her and arranged to go back and pick her up a week later and bring her to Pittsburgh. She has no family to look out for her.
Edna needs our help. She is in need of $3600.00 to pay for the
deposit at a nursing home and respite costs from when she first arrived
in Pittsburgh. In January, her pension will cover her monthly nursing
home costs. Her immediate need is the deposit money required by the
nursing home and the money to cover her respite nursing home cost when
she first arrived in Pittsburgh. The nursing home has given us an
extension of one week to pay the deposit. The deposit is due
on December 21, this Friday.
Edna entered my life for the first time when my husband Scott and I were in Mozambique with our young family. She was the embassy nurse and took such good care of us in a difficult living environment especially with young children.
I have been working really hard to try and get Edna's December pension and social security checks sent to her in Pittsburgh. The checks went to her former nursing home and we are having great difficulty getting them to release her money. Even if her funds do come in for December they will not cover the down payment or respite costs she has incurred.
Bringing Edna to Pittsburgh has turned out to be an amazing journey of faith for me. On this journey, I learned and experienced the following:
"Love is perfect kindness." and "Kindness is the shadow of God's spirit in us and in the world."
Thanks for reading Edna's story.