Wood Man's Widower fund
Post from : Jessica Pittman "I was stopped at the stop sign as the funeral passed. That's when I snapped the picture of him standing there with his hat over his heart. I already had so much respect for Mr. Smith but this just moved me. I was brought to tears. My 9 year old daughter was with me. She didn't understand why I had tears. So we had a great conversation about respect. I was honored and thankful to witness it and for it to be a lesson for my daughter".
My Dad just came by and he is as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof. He said he "hoped people did not think he was begging for money." I told him people thought he was inspiring. He has always worked hard. He is grieving and likes to stay busy. His Social Security is less than $1000/ a month with no extra cash. He is loved. Thanks so much for the donations your outpouring of love is what I find truly inspiring. Thank be to the Lord
God Bless this man with his honor and dignity. Anyone who knows of a hard working man whom is proud of his acheivements would never ask the hospitals and doctors to "forgive" his or his wife medical bills. Nor would he ask for hand outs. Mr. Smith, know that you deserve this as much as any man and that your strong values is what make this a great country. I assume that you are probably a private person as most men of your standards are and don't really crave this attention. I must believe that your story will reach thousands of people. Know that if this reaches and changes just one young person who may not have had the same upbringing as you that you have done this counrty a wonderfull service.
The lesson that should be learned here from folks is not how to "declare bankruptcy" or get out of paying for his hospital bills but the character of this man to take care of his own and be responsible for his debt. This is a humble man of great character which shows by his actions and even his response to the outpouring of support. Well deserved if I might add! There is a lesson to be learned by many here and a reminder to many of generations of past.
Hi Leslie, hospitals normally have assistance, what they called HCAP. For an application, call them and apply for your father. Based on limited income, they can write it off or give him a large discount so he isn't overburdened by all the bills. All the best to your family.
First time donating on GoFundMe. All the support from Vancouver, British Columbia. I know the struggle to pay-off bills and help out the family. Been working my ass-off to get into university, studying in engineering, and working on Co-op. THANK YOU for fighting despite the odds against you. Hoping health care will be publicly funded like in Canada!
A $60,000 bill for this elderly man to remember his wife by... The focus SHOULD be about hospitals, doctors & pharmaceuticals OVER charging, WAY OVER charging to make their greedy yet brilliant profit - wow! The realistic charge (with a "decent" profitable markup) is more like $5,000. Appalling to place such stress on society with an unethical absurd markup. THE CHOICE: Will I live to pay this gigantic bill (stressful) or will I die & leave it to my darling (stressed out) hubby? Shame on that industry - shame.
I'm afraid I can't help at the moment, as I'm pretty much on the knife edge and gravitating towards ending myself, but it's a bright moment to see such a wonderful gesture blossom into the beauty that is. As Henry's Cat (a cartoon cat in the UK) says: "Money doesn't bring happiness, but it brings misery in luxury." I hope his heart is smiling.
We absolutely do not think you are begging good sir. You are a good man going through some hard times. You did not ask for this but god willing he saw your work and heart and said enough is enough. I pray you get some solitude, healing, and can rest and grieve without worrying about those medical bills. And do not ever think you begged in any way. You are a man standing on a corner selling wood to pay your medical bills. And god saw that and said enough is enough, Rest my brother.
No one should have to suffer the loss of their loved one as well as be worried about their future. People seem to be so very touched by this man and his hard working , loving, caring self. So glad to see the goal reached and gone over in less than one day!!! amazing!!! Clearwater, FL.
Hi Mr. Smith! I hope you have a great thanksgiving. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. The dedication you've put into paying for this medical treatments & debt speaks volumes to me. It definitely does NOT seem like you're begging, so please don't feel that way. Much love.