Giving Fund: Father of 3 needs to repair his car
Every Thursday into the new year, the Connecticut Post will publish brief stories about local residents or families in need of a helping hand to get through the winter months and holiday season.
Each case includes an estimated amount to help people pay bills, afford presents for the holidays, pay for groceries and more. Every dollar donated to the Giving Fund goes directly to the people in need. The names of those included have been changed to protect their privacy.
James — Case 011
James is a devoted father to three children, two 8-year-old twin girls and a 2-year-old boy. James worked three jobs, starting at around 6 a.m. and coming home around 11 p.m. Recently, James lost two of his jobs and his car’s radiator broke. He has struggled to support his family, pay rent and provide groceries and clothing for his family. A gift of $500 would help James get his car back up and running and help provide groceries for his family through the holiday season.
Elsa — Case 012
Elsa is a single mother of three living in Bridgeport. Over the past six months, Elsa has experienced acute medical problems on top of chronic conditions she has battled for years. Three months ago, Elsa had a stroke that left her partially blind for a few weeks. More recently, Elsa had a heart attack while she was at a psychiatric visit at LifeBridge and was rushed to the hospital. Early this year, she helped her son and his family immigrate from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria destroyed their home. Elsa is looking forward to celebrating the holidays with her grandchildren, but because of financial and health setbacks, she worries she won’t be able to. A gift of $500 would help Elsa and her family push through the holiday season.
Paul — Case 013
Paul is a hardworking father of three young children. He is currently the sole provider for his wife and three children, pending the arrival of his wife’s green card. Paul and his family spend a great amount of money on diapers and formula. A gift of $500 would help Paul and his family afford diapers and formula this winter until his wife can apply for jobs when she gets her green card.
Silvia — Case 014
Silvia recently gave birth to a baby girl. Though she works full-time as a teacher, she was ineligible for maternity leave through her employer. Silvia was forced to take the next six to eight weeks off without pay, leaving her husband with taking on all the household bills, including the new baby expenses, until she can return to work. A gift of $400 would help this family afford diapers, formula and basic necessities until Silvia can return to work in the next few weeks.
Lawrence — Case 015
Lawrence is a 14-year-old Bridgeport resident and client of LifeBridge Tech Connection program. Lawrence’s mom had to throw away his bed because of a bed bug infestation in their home. His mom is a single mother with two children working part-time at a factory job and is unable to currently afford a new bed for him. A gift of $500 would help Lawrence’s family to buy him a new bed and bed frame.
Marshall — Case 016
Marshall is a hardworking single father with three children. He has been a part of LifeBridge for a few years. He has full custody of his children, but his work is seasonal and he’s only able to do odd jobs throughout the winter. Recently, he and his longtime girlfriend, who helped with bills and oil costs throughout the winter months, separated. Marshall is growing worried about how to pay his heat bills throughout the winter. A gift of $500 would help Marshall and his family stay warm over the next few months until work picks up again.
Leon — Case 017
Leon is a 35-year-old quadriplegic Bridgeport resident. He is full of life and laughter and would greatly benefit from a gaming system. Leon was adopted as a young child and persevered despite his disability and being wheelchair-bound. He has struggled with the tragic loss of his niece about a year ago. Leon is 100 percent reliant on others for things like getting dressed and showering. A gaming system would give Leon some independence and allow him to develop a sense of connection with others who play. A gift of $400 would help purchase a gaming system that would have a lasting impact on Leon.
Anna — Case 018
Anna is a single woman in her early 20s and has been a consistent client at LifeBridge. Despite many obstacles, she has remained positive and continued to thrive with minimal help and resources. Anna works two jobs and recently saved up enough money to get her first apartment on her own. She paid her security deposit and first and last month’s rent, but it didn’t leave her with much money to work with. Moving into her own place, Anna finds that having to pay for electricity and heating during the winter months can be expensive. A gift of $250 would help Anna with the cost of her heating and electric bills over the winter months during this adjustment period.
Sandy — Case 019
Sandy is a widowed mother of three from Bridgeport. She lost her husband suddenly, which impacted her life and her children’s lives. Sandy works multiple jobs over long hours to provide for her family, but she is still struggling to put food on the table. She is worried that her children won’t have much for Christmas this year because of her financial struggles. A gift of $300 would help Sandy provide a memorable Christmas for her kids and pay for some groceries.
Mirna — Case 020
Mirna is a full-time sophomore at Southern Connecticut State University. She participates in the LifeBridge Tech Connection program. She also works part-time to help pay for some of her expenses at school. Her mom is a single parent, working hard to care for her family and make sure her kids get a great education. A $300 gift would help Mirna enjoy the holiday season and get through the winter months.