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As many of you know, I have a company whose revenue/profit is spent on minima-families. Every now and then, such an incredibly poignant story comes along.. I share this on my Facebook group The Hermelijnhof so people can see what they're donating for. Below is a report from today.
Just had a long conversation with a woman who had finally gathered the courage to ask for help this morning. I'm so proud of her.
She is a proud woman with two smart, hard-working teenagers and a (far too) hard working man. The we-should-solve-this-self-mentality there is deep ingrained. But now despair is too great, too cluttered.
The oldest studies, completely at his own expense, at the university. Because of Corona, this fanatical student has been at home all year round, and the laptop needed for the study is running overtime.
Time and again, children also contribute to household income. There are, due to external (and known to me) circumstances, absolutely no extras. Their income is €5.00 too high to claim assistance from the Food Bank.
A lot of help has been in contact with this family and they are on the right track. There are no significant debts (anymore) and everyone is working hard to keep things in order.
And then, shortly before any exams have to be done, the oldest laptop. Since the family talks to each other about the financial situation it is immediately clear that there is no jar for the €809.00 repair for this device, buying a new one is already not an option at all. The device now lies with the repairman to be made.
Fortunately, this family makes sensible choices. When purchasing the laptop, insurance is taken out, which covers most of the costs, but there is a deductible, of €168.00. And that will have to be paid in a week.
Mother lies awake nights with worries, she cries a lot in our conversation and is visibly tremendous. “ I'm handy with selling things, so I've always been able to solve it, but there is simply nothing left to sell “. She doesn't remember. The worst part was how her child reacted; despondent, desperate and distraught. The child even indicated then to stop the study, because he no longer saw a way out. What now?
I'm reassuring her right away; with our great group, we're going to settle this. In fact, it's already settled, so I tell her. Thanks to the sale of inserted items, there is always a buffer on the account of De Hermelijnhof, so it will be fine. We're gonna do this. Because assistance requests usually ask for stuff, we can leave money largely on the account, so that when there is a question for help where only money can provide a solution, money is also there.
Of course we're going to arrange this. Thanks to you. That's why in this again a huge hymn to all members of De Hermelijnhof. The rich stinkers, the minima, and everyone in between. You're helping this woman and her family out of the fire. You take care of this financial space with the input of items, with the purchase of items, with shopping at De Shoptjes, and with your donations.
Thank you so much for that. Thank you so much for taking care of burdens within this family and especially thank you for the trust in De Hermelijnhof, that I can do this job, that I can make people happy and connect, and that we can make the world more beautiful together. I am grateful to have the confidence to be able to spend the money that comes from you wherever I feel it is necessary.
You make the world more beautiful, it's you who, even if you don't see it, make a difference. A family that sits down for dinner and is relieved collectively. The hope they feel, the love of charity, the relief and the trust. That's priceless.
Thank you, I say with tears in my eyes. Thank you very much!
A fierce day! A nice result! So I could use the booster!
Below a photo of the reaction of Mrs..