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Anonymous, Financial Assistance

April 13th, 2020 - Yolande Wijtenburg

The COVID-19 virus has affected our family in ways we were not prepared for and did not expect. We are a family of four. Our 11-year-old daughter has ADHD and our 7-year-old son has asthma, a heart murmur and a history of seizures. We have a mortgage, a car loan, a personal loan, one credit card and past hospital bills from our last visit to the ER with our son. This is without counting the basic utilities (electricity, water, trash, cellphone, cable, etc.). We are usually able to cover these expenses with both of our incomes – until now.

My husband was laid off and our family receives health insurance coverage provided by his employer. Now with everything going on, we not only have to face the loss of his income but also the loss of the insurance coverage for our children.

Our son’s seizure medication costs $400 for two doses. Our biggest concern right now is not being able to have health insurance. While I am still working, my employer has informed me that our future is uncertain and we might be let go at some point.

I understand that this situation is affecting a lot of people, and I pray we will all come out of this united and stronger, but it is a scary time. The uncertainty for a parent to be able to keep their children safe is really heartbreaking. I hope that Goodman JFS is able to help us in any way.

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