Update! We reached our goal this morning at 10:30 CT. Thanks to all who donated! We sent Kristin $500 today!!
Today, it’s Kristin Day. Kristin is our first recipient of CareGifters, an initiative that funds caregiving solutions, one family caregiver at a time. Through CareGifters, we work to give $500 to a family caregiver so he or she can resolve a challenge.
We’re at 47% of goal—meaning we need $265 in order to have $500 for Kristin.
Here’s the good news: If we can raise $132.50 today, an anonymous donor will match what we raise. Raising $132.50 today means we’ll have the $500 for Kristin.
If you’ve already donated to help Kristin, please know how grateful we are for your help.
If you haven’t had a chance to donate yet, today’s the day to help Kristin, who cares for her friend, Mary. (You can read Kristin’s blog here.)
I asked Kristin to share her top three challenges; they are (in her words):
1. Financial: I live on social security and receive no pay for caring for Mary. Because Mary lives out in the country, I am required to have a 4WD vehicle, which eats up about 1/2 of my SS. I have dental pain and need a pair of shoes that actually have soles on them.
2. 24/7 care with very little support: This is an area with virtually no services for homebound folks who do not qualify for Hospice, and Mary does not make enough to hire aides. I spend days at a time in isolation except for Mary and our cats. Burnout is always just around the corner, and I will likely have to do this for many more years.
3. Learning how to deal effectively with a woman who is still with-it enough to almost be able to do her ADLs independently, especially in regard to her colostomy bag. Because she can’t, but thinks she can, getting her to allow me to help is a constant challenge.
I also asked Kristin to share how $500 will help:
- I can resolve #1 by going to the dentist and buying a pair of shoes.
- I can at least relieve #2 by using the money to hire an aide a couple of times a month to come in and relieve me of chores, so that I can get out, go to a coffee house, an Audubon meeting, a lecture, anything public where there are people who can carry on a normal, adult conversation.
To help Kristin, please donate below. (CareGifters is operated through The Center for Family Caregivers, a charitable organization. The Center for Family Caregivers does not currently have tax exempt status with the IRS so donations are not tax deductible.)
Thank you for your help! You are a gift to a family caregiver.