I'm Mary Conti and I have COVID (my husband, myself and our two disabled children), so please excuse me if I'm not as eloquent as I should be. COVID brain is no joke.
You have helped my husband Brian ("Saint Brian The Godless") and myself in the past. Most recently our car died and you saved us by helping with a down payment on a used vehicle. This has helped us get to medical appointments and take our autistic 13 year old to his day school, go grocery shopping, etc. Thank you so very much.
I am here today to ask you to please help me buy clothing. I have no underwear, one bra that is probably 10 years old, one pair of jeans, and a couple of t-shirts and hoodies. I am wearing a pair of my son's socks. Everything I own is very old and I have lost 50 pounds since I last purchased clothing. As you can see in the photo, these are the only pair of shoes I own. I'm diabetic and my feet get wet when I go out in the rain. I've been wearing the same clothes every day for almost two years and I can only imagine what the people at my son's school think when I drop him off every day.
I have lost 50 pounds in the past year and developed severe anemia (my blood iron level is 4). I am happy to send anyone copies of my lab results-please just ask! I am now taking iron supplements. Food pantries offer carb-heavy foods and they do not help my diabetes or contain sufficient dietary protein, I have come to find out the hard way.
This happens when disability is the only income for a family and there are many expenses not covered by medical insurance and you put yourself last. (baby wipes for my autistic son, daily therapeutic car rides that relax our son and prevent meltdowns and gas is not cheap, a special day school that offers no free lunch program that public schools offer so you have to send his food daily-not that I'm complaining-I'd do anything for him, just to name a few). I am just trying to explain the financial strain on our family.
I lie to my family. About one thing. I tell them I have what I need when I don't so that they will have what they need. It's just who I am. I probably won't stop this practice. And so here I am on GoFundMe again, mortified.
I have zero clothes that aren't falling apart except for a pair of jeans I bought at Walmart and they were $27! This does not sound like a lot, but to us, it's huge.
I really don't know what else to say. This is embarrassing to say the least, but this is no longer a "want" for me.
Anyone who can help me, I would so greatly appreciate it. I have no other option.
I am not looking for a shopping trip to a high-end store. I am just looking to buy some clothing that is cheap and will fit me. I am looking for shoes that will help my feet as I have diabetes and neuropathy and the shoes I own are falling apart and offer no support or protection.
If anyone has questions, please ask. If I am asking for help, I feel it's my obligation to be transparent.
Thank you all from my heart.
West Warwick, RI