**** We are sad to say that approx one week before Christmas 2012 this elderly disabled veteran passed away. R.I.P. to you Bob. We miss you.
***UPDATE: STA received a generous donation of $50.00 last week from a supporter in Seattle Washington. We were going to use that donation towards fuel in our Mobile Crisis Outreach van. Instead, on this Wednesday 7/25/2012, we put that entire $50.00 towards this mans Electric Bill. His Monthly bill is $200.00. Can YOU help us keep him comfortable and help us prevent Progress Energy from turning off his electricity again in this high heat? On your donation please indicate “For Bobs Electric”. Thank you!
Providing Hope In The Midst of Crisis, in Jesus‘s name.
Our Friend Bob
Ok everyone. As you all know i do not post photos of real people too often intentionally. The photo above is indeed real. He is Bob. He is in his late 70′s, an amputee and a United States of America, Marine Corp Veteran of the Korean War. Bob was also a long time volunteer with Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, FL.
We have known Bob for approx 9 years total. He is one of the nicest guys you could meet. We lived in the same Mobile Home park for 4 years from 2003-2007 in Clearwater, Florida where Bob still lives. We stop in from time to time and check on him to see how he is doing.
It has been almost a year since we last seen Bob.
When we stopped in this time, yesterday 7/20/2012 we found out that Progress Energy had turned off his electricity the day before due to his inability to pay. fortunately some friends of his all got together and got it turned back on the next day. Very fortunate for Bob.
His electricity runs him about $200.00 per month. He has an Oxygen Concentrator Machine he is also running for his Oxygen therapy.
We also found out he no longer has his electric scooter chair he always used to go to the grocery store etc. It was his freedom and entertainment.
He no longer goes anywhere unless someone takes him. He is not the type to just sit around but he does not have much choice. He is usually very upbeat and positive. Today he was down, very down and understandably upset.
Straight Ahead Outreach-Taking Back Your Life would appreciate your help on two fronts.
1) Bob’s Electricity = $200 per month: He lives in Clearwater, FL. He is elderly and it has been very hot here. STA would like to ensure he does not get his electricity shut off again. It is $200/month.
2) Electric WheelChair= $750.00: We know someone locally who has an excellent electric wheelchair in like new condition which belonged to his mother and is for sale. It is worth approx $6000.00 new and he will sell it to us for $750.00 and comes with a nice ramp also.
Straight Ahead Outreach-Tacking Back Your life would like to help this Elderly Marine Corp Veteran “Take Back His Life” and give him his freedom back to get to the store etc on his own and to make sure he has electricity every month and not have to worry about it.
Things like this, someone of Bob’s age, not being able to pay for his electricity each month is what many times has an end result of Homelessness.
STA is busy, we help anywhere, anyone and in any way we can. We are doing Jesus and His Father in Heavens work. We are doing it as THEY direct us to those in need.
STA cannot do it without YOU. TOGETHER, we can all prevent homelessness. Please be a part of it and help us prevent strife and homelessness today.
STA sees many homeless Veterans on the streets all the time. They are in every single community practically World Wide, they are in your community right now. Lonely and disabled. Homeless.
If you Donate right now and anyone who donates to BOB’S NEED we guarantee you that every single penny will go straight to BOB’s needs for this wheel chair and his electricity. When you donate please send me and email to: Lance Greene/Founder at firstname.lastname@example.org and please tell me you want your donation to go to Bob. You can also state if you want it to go towards his wheelchair or his electricity, or what ever you want it to go to.
Providing Hope In The Midst of Crisis, in Jesus’s name.
**** Straight Ahead Outreach-Taking Back Your Life Inc. is a United States federally registered 501c3 Nonprofit Public Charity and your donations are tax-deductible under the full extent of the IRS 501c3 tax code.
THANK YOU THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!