For the past ten years or so since her father's death, Mary, the eldest of the family's children, has been helping her mother manage alone in life. About five years ago Mary's mother began to struggle with some very serious health issues. Colon cancer and a broken hip and then a few years later, arterial bypass and a partial amputation. Mary's mother is still going strong though winters have become too difficult for her and so she went south this summer with her youngest daughter to avoid the coming winter in the northeast. Mary and her family have been helped over the years by good and generous friends but this particular need is going to require more help than is available locally. Medical expences and the requirements of dealing with recovery and therapy have depleted the families resources.
Mary, in her early 60s, lives on a small social security disability, without any other income at the moment. There had been plans to leave an old car [1991 Buick] with Mary when her mother went south but the week of the move the old car died absolutely and finally. Now Mary is living in a rural area with nothing but a post office within nearly 20 miles in any direction. She has been putting off taking care of some of her own health issues till her mother was safely gone with her sister, but now there's no means for her to get to a doctor or to physical therapy or to go find little bits of work that she can do to augment her income. All of her transport, for the time being, has to be provided by people who drive considerable distances to get her and take her to where she needs to go and then take her back home—this is not a viable permanent solution. Moving is also not a solution for the transportation issue, because Mary is in a stable and inexpensive home that could not be duplicated at the same price anywhere else.
We are asking for contributions to help Mary to be able to buy a sound and gently used car to get back and forth to church, to get to doctors and physical therapy, stores, and to places of work.