But, it's come to our attention that Daddy's house is not doing quite as well as he is. During the recent holidays, some family members heard a very loud distinct crack under the floor. After crawling under the house and looking, we determined that one of the floor joists under the house was cracked and will eventually break entirely. The house is basically headed for disaster. It also makes it potentially unsafe without major structural repairs. There's a lot of work to do and it's not going to be an inexpensive fix by any means.
Daddy is a sentimental traditionalist if there ever was one. The house on Joyner Street is the only home he's ever known and it's where he wants to remain for the rest of his life. Not only is it his home, but it's the family home. It's where we all connect with our roots. Our family has gathered here for Christmas Eve since before Daddy was even born! Loved ones have come from near and far every year to be together for Christmas and celebrate this family tradition. When my grandparents died, my Daddy and Mama kept the tradition going. He never even considered doing otherwise! When my mother died, the tradition continued. It's one Daddy still treasures but I know he doesn't necessarily do it for himself. He does it because this is his family's home and it's where Christmas Eve has ALWAYS been. Daddy feels like he would disappoint many people if it did not continue.
My father has spent his entire life helping others. He still does. He is one of the most generous and giving people I know. At 89 years old, he still changes the engine oil and works on cars for friends to keep busy and make a little extra money. He helps out many of his friends - much younger than he - by taking them to Doctor's appointments and running errands whenever asked. He is often the first person that people think of when they need help and he always answers the call when needed. He is the finest, most honest, easy going man I know and I love him very very much. I know for a fact that I'm not saying this only because he's my Dad. I'm sure many many people will agree with me.
Daddy would never ask for anyone's help. So, I'm asking for him. I'm reaching out to anyone who may be willing (and able) to help with the financial burden this home repair will cause to him. When my mom passed away, Daddy's income was significantly reduced. I know this will be an expensive repair that he can't take on. I also know how much your help will mean to him and my brother and me. We want Daddy to be able to live out his life in the only home he's ever known. Thank you so much for your consideration to help him. Know that you will be helping someone who has lived selflessly for 89 years and is a friend to all.
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