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A shower for woman in need

October 22, 2010 - Frank Robinson
What would you do if you received the following "letter to the editor?" I received it about a month ago and have copied and pasted it here, with some very slight modifications.


"Hello. I have a question and don't know who to e-mail. Please forward this to the right place that hopefully can answer my question.

"To start I am a 65-year-old woman. I am a cancer survivor. I have a two-story house. Downstairs has a half-bath. I have a lot of pain and am on oxygen. It is next to impossible to get up steps to shower.

"I have contacted SCOPE scope but they have no funds for that. They can build low-income people whole houses but cannot afford to put a shower in my home. My husband and I have lived our lives helping children through the Children Services Bureau.

"We even adopted and raised 3 foster children. Now we need a little help and everyone says sorry, no funds. I even had a caseworker say sit down and crawl up your stairs. That is just not right. This is an example of how our seniors are treated.

"If you know any organization who can help please let me know.


I did the logical thing. I sent it to the newspaper's Make a Difference Day coordinator, Sue Shafer. She put the project on the list for the Difference Day committee to consider, and funding for it was approved.

It shouldn't cost too much, as many of the supplies are being donated. Even the shower itself was donated anonymously. Sue went to the Road Riders for Jesus Chapter 41 organization, whose members and other volunteers will be providing the labor. The work begins Saturday morning.

Road Riders for Jesus is a 2-year-old motorcycle club. An international organization, members of the Warren chapter say it provides Christian motorcyclists an organization in which they can share common values.

This project is a good example of what Make a Difference Day is all about. A person had a need, some people volunteered, and it truly will make a difference in this woman's life.

In case you don't know, Make A Difference Day is a national day of caring and volunteerism. It will celebrate 20 years of doing good on Saturday. It is sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine and the Points of Light Foundation, and is supported by Newman's Own, a food company founded by late actor Paul Newman. The event is held the fourth Saturday of October each year.

Here in Trumbull County, the Tribune Chronicle will observe its eighth year as being the local sponsor. As of late last week, more than 50 projects had been registered with the newspaper. Some of the most popular projects are collections of food, clothing, toys and other items for Second Harvest Food Bank, the Warren Family Mission, Someplace Safe, church pantries and troops overseas.

And one shower installation.


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