Released 1 May 2014
Maria was educated. She had a good office job, and she was able to
raise her two sons while looking after her aging mother. Then, Maria’s
mother became sick. Maria took care of her, but it was a challenge.
Then Maria lost her job. “She had been out of work for several months
when she first came here,” Bonnie continues. “It was a struggle for her
to keep up with food, bills, school supplies, and medications for her
When that struggle became too great, Maria sought out The Salvation
Army. “She came for food,” Bonnie tells us. “We helped her with that. We
were also able to help her pay her utility bill, and we provided
discount drug cards, so she could obtain medications for her mother.”
Maria’s two boys were also given backpacks filled with school supplies.
For the next few months, Maria came to The Salvation Army for food.
And even as she received assistance, she also gave something back. “She
would come and pick up her food quietly,” Bonnie recalls. “And then she
would volunteer to help pack food bags.”
Then came the day when Maria visited us for the last time. “She had
found a job,” Bonnie says, smiling. “She just wanted to come back one
last time to tell us she could now provide for herself, and to thank us
for everything we had done for her.”
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