Kirsten Felix Burkhart's Fundraising Page
As the air has begun to chill once again, I am more reluctant than ever to complain that I’m cold. Once I spoke those words whenever the temperature dipped below 68 or I was too lazy to go upstairs to get a sweater. Then, I met “Paul.”
He’s only 48 years old but the sadness in his eyes belie his age. As a result of illnesses to numerous to mention, Paul is dependent on others for care. Unfortunately, the “care” he received was at the hands of his brother who, anxious for the opportunity to get Paul’s social security check, readily agreed to take him. It was then, Paul was moved into the basement of his brother’s home. Although the basement was unfinished and unheated, Paul, with no other options, lived there for several years. His health deteriorated, his weight dropped to 86 pounds. And, as laid his head on his pillow each night, shivering beneath a threadbare blanket, he prayed for the warmth of dawn. Then one day, Paul decided he’d had enough. He was done worrying that he wasn’t getting the correct medications; he was done wondering if he was going to get enough to eat and he was done wishing he could get warm. Paul decided to move out; no small decision for a man with tremendous need and limited resources.
Fortunately, Paul found West House, a small non-profit personal care home. Welcomed with open arms, Paul no longer had to worry if he was going to get fed, he no longer wondered if he was going to get his medication and the warmth for which he so desperately prayed was now all around him. Paul had finally found home.
Unfortunately, as you can imagine, the cost of providing these services is substantial and is increasing by leaps and bounds. And that is why we’re turning to you for help: our heating bill is well over $10,000 a year but you can help and for just a few pennies. $1.16 will provide an hour of power, keeping our beloved residents warm and cozy in their new home. While $1.16 might not sound like much to you, it makes all the difference to those most in need, which is why we’ve started our Hour of Power Fundraiser. We’re asking churches to participate in this fundraiser as mission project, a youth group project or to simply advertise it in your bulletin. People can give as much or as little as they want, as you see just pennies can make a huge difference.
A donation of $1.32 provides one hour of heat.
A donation of $31.68 provides one day of heat.
A donation of $95.04 provides three days of heat.
A donation of $221.76 provides one whole week of heat.
Please consider participating in this important fundraiser and help us wrap our residents in warmth. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.