“My Home Was on Fire, and My Little Sister Had Been Burned”
I live with my parents and my 16-year-old sister. My family and I share financial responsibilities. It’s a “group effort,” and together we are able to make ends meet.
I was at work when I got a panicked called from my mother telling me that our home was on fire, and my sister had been burned. My mother was visiting my grandmother at the time, so I left work, picked up my mom, and we headed straight for the hospital. It never occurred to us to go to our home…we just had to see if my sister was okay. Well, she wasn’t okay.
Fifty percent of my little sister’s body was covered in burns. She would face months of painful treatments, infections and excruciating pain. My sister and I are very close, and she was critically ill. I felt depressed, upset and worried, constantly.
But then I remembered the Hug Fund, and I knew what to do. Upon applying for assistance and hearing my grant was approved, the Hug Fund helped me buy clothing and other necessary items so I could move forward. My family found a new apartment, and we began to slowly recover. My sister is home now. Due to her injuries and the healing process, she is home-schooled. She continues to improve every day. It will take time, but she will get better, and we will work hard to replace our belongings.
The most important thing is that my family is alive and I know, firsthand, that there are people out there who still help one another. I know this because my fellow HCR ManorCare coworkers who give to the Hug Fund, care for me and my family.[/text_block]