Not sure how to describe the situation all flowery and doing this goes against anything that they would want. I am probably supposed to share pictures and use their real names, but I fear great shame will be felt by them, as we feel shame for not being able to fully assist. There is an elderly couple in south San Antonio that has had pretty bad luck for many years. He is currently in a care facility due to health problems and with this latest fall broke his leg in several places. She hasn’t been allowed to see him due to Covid and the facility is poorly managed, to say the least. They don’t look after their patients. He has bed sores that they don’t tend to and there are no safeguards in place. That being as bleak as it is, I just found out that the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary is this month and we are unsure if they will be allowed to even see each other. We talked about a remote webcast since his phone hasn’t been stolen yet (unlike everything else). We are possibly going to hire a mariachi 3 person band to play outside his window. He used to always hire one for her on special occasions before the hard times hit, and even a few times when food started to be scarce. Food has been scarce for more than a decade now. We assist with groceries and cab rides for them, but we want to try and break him free of that facility. He needs in-home care and physical therapy, both of which are out of the realm of possibility for anyone in the family to afford. We thought this might be his last hurrah and would be relegated to the statistics of people dying alone due to covid...but he said he walked 27 steps the other day. He is fighting to make it back home to his beloved wife. He has worked since he was a child and his integrity, work ethic and honor are beyond the range of normal men. He worked for many years at the largest grocery company in the area, giving much of his life and all of his dedication. Set to retire with just another year or so of service needed, they unceremoniously took his pension and retirement. Even with the hardship this caused, these stubbornly honorable fourth generation Americans would not want us to ‘beg’ for money on their behalf and quite frankly I am not sure how we are going to tell them. He has worked hard his entire life and never accepts any help. Due to diabetes and loss of portions of his feet, he is physically unable to work any longer. I do not know the meager social security he might be getting or what medical coverage they possess, but I do know that they often go hungry. They have bills, taxes and other things due that they will not discuss with us. He was also starting to save for funeral services as to not burden the family, but we do not know how since they literally do not eat some days. This is a last resort, to ask strangers that do not know these people or know the extent of their plight. I implore you for your assistance in trying to give them a little happiness at possibly the end of his life. We are giving support from every paycheck and will continue to do so.
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