Real stories

  • Getting the community together helps everybody

    “At the pantry, it’s not just the food that’s the blessing. You get the food, but you also get the community together and that’s the most important thing. To see the love that comes out of there, it broke me down in tears.”

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    A quarter of a million in medical bills

    I had my first major heart attack in ’02. I had no insurance and the bills mounted to almost a quarter million dollars. Now I’ve had three major heart attacks and 13 stents in my heart.
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    I am thankful for what I have

    I thank God every day for food pantries and the people who work there because if it wasn’t for those boxes, there would be so many people hungry and going without.

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    I don't want to be paralyzed

    The doctors told me that if I push myself as hard as I used to — when I had two jobs, went to school 14 hours a week and took care of three kids — I’ll be paralyzed by the time I’m 40.

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    I need help, but it's really hard to ask

    I’ve point-blank busted my butt all my life. I started out workin’ farms. And I’ve logged. I was a tree faller. The doctor’s been telling me to file for disability for about seven years and I’ve been fightin’ to work as long as I can.

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    It's hard to feed a family

    I’m not a lazy person — I work hard and I always provided for myself — but when I first became the caretaker for my nieces and nephews, I needed more food in the house.

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    My daughter deserves a chance to stay in school

    I have a 14-year-old and a 19-year-old. The 19-year-old just started up at PSU this fall. More than anything, I want to keep my daughter in school and see her succeed. She’s worked really hard and always been a 4.0 or just under a 4.0. She deserves a chance to stay in school, so I’m doing everything I can to keep her there.

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    The recession definitely impacted us

    I’m a certified professional nanny. My husband remodels and repairs homes.

    I went to school in 2005 and I was getting great nanny jobs from the start — business was booming. In the last four or five years, the recession definitely impacted us.
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    The VA's trying to figure out what's wrong with him

    My husband’s a disabled vet. He was over in Iraq. He’s been hocking his guns for gas money to get to the VA for his appointments.

    The VA’s trying to figure out what’s wrong with him, and they’ve got him on the disability list right now. They told him don’t get a civilian job, because he can’t deal with civilian people. Living in a tourist town … that’s really bad.
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    We're both unemployed right now

    There’s things that come up in life that you’re not expecting to happen, and there’s no explanation for them.

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