I believe that charities many times don't solve anything but make things worse at times, however, in occasions you are faced with situations that hit very close to home. These are people that have no choice, can´t work even if they want to because they suffer from illnesses and old age, and truly they shouldn´t because they have fought their whole lives, tooth and nail, but still met the day where they have to choose between madicine or food. The cycle only gets worse from year to year as prices go up, and they only get older and sicker with little hope that things will get better.Every Holiday season I am heartbroken. It´s time for joy, happiness, presents. Time to show our loved ones we care and they care, and we celebrate this wonderful season, focusing on the good stuff. We get a lot of love, as it is tradition mostly through the act of giving presentsand it makes us feel good. Sweaters, IPADs, gift cards, shows us how lucky we are to have family and friends that show us love and want to make us feel special. I am no different, but my heart is heavy with guilt every holiday season. In my mind I think this money was spent on me while our loving elders, the same people that raised us, loved us, fought for OUR better future are now fighting to survive in their old age. And my heart is heavy. This is the story of 2 wonderful women, who have lived through 2 major wars during their lives, including WWII. Who have loved and cared after their families, and who have taken out of their own mouths, to save $50 or $100 dollars so when their grandchildren would come from overseas they could give them that money to spend on what they wished. Later I found out that they pensions are a mere $90 per month plus some basic food, in a country where prices often surpass those in the USA and the medications that they take are often more than that and health insurance inexistent. And my heart is heavy. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Well these two wonderful women, are my grandmothers. And my family has been helping as much as they can with sending money mainly to be able to buy food and medicine as this problem is becoming increasingly common not only in my home country but also here in the US. Our loving elders trapped in a dilemma of food, medicine, survival. Well the season of joy, generosity and love is shortly approaching and I have decided to create this fund, where my family members and friends that want to make me feel special, instead donate to this fund and all the proceeds will be divided equaly between these two wonderful people, so our hearts will feel a little less heavy and theirs a little lighter this year. I plan on doing this every year from now on so if you think of buying me something for my birthday or Christmas please remember that I have more than enough: wonderful family, friends, health, career.....but a heart that's heavy!!!!
Thank you all and Happy Holidays!!!