Do you know an amazing person who could use Ellen's help? Maybe it's a person who always puts your needs before their own, someone who keeps a positive attitude through tough times, or a neighbor who has changed your community, or a teacher who goes above and beyond. Does this person deserve a vacation, a car, or a call from Ellen? This season, Ellen's gonna keep giving back!

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Tonda
20 days ago

Dear Ellen,
I know I just wrote to you about my teeth however I felt compelled to write to you about my 27 year old daughter. I do not want to appear greedy however without my daughter's assistance, I do not know how my husband and I would survive. She works at Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia doing research in an attempt to cure childhood Leukemia. She lives 2 1/2 hours away from us one way. As I had stated before I was a RN Hospice Nurse and sustained a severe closed head injury, post concussive syndrome, migraines, memory problems and cognitive issues when I was rear-ended on the Interstate. As a result I has to suspend my RN License. Her father had his own business in the Dairy Industry, he was a hoof trimmer for Dairy Cattle, Prior to my husband having his own business he was ALWAYS A FARMER AND HE WAS VERY PROUD OF THAT!!!! My daughter was in 4-H and FFA and developed many of her leadership skills through those organizations. She was President of her 4-H Dairy Club and was nominated to represent the Pennsylvania 4-H at the National 4-H Congress held in Atlanta, GA, an opportunity that comes to less than 100 Pennsylvania 4-H members each year. During her college years she worked at the lab on campus and was involved with the Dairy Science Society and went to Ireland by raising her own money because by that time we were both disabled during her sophomore year. Sometimes she would even send money home to us that she had earned in the lab and to us, that was VERY SELFLESS. Consequently my husband had to have 2 surgeries which eventually were unsuccessful back surgeries, and they disabled him as you know there is no guarantees when you have surgery. After his surgeries he developed fibromyalgia now we are both disabled.
My daughter is so selfless. She comes home and makes the 2 1/2 one way trip 2-4 times a month after working on average of 50+ hours/salary a week in addition she has to commute on the train more than 1 hour each way into Philadelphia City. She is presently driving a Jeep in which the windshield and hatch window leaks and the transmission is slipping. I pray each time she comes home that she is "going to make it." She comes home to mow the lawn for her father because the "bouncing" around on the lawn mower causes her father pain. She takes me grocery shopping because it is so overwhelming for me to go shopping, especially when I am using coupons. She also takes me " around town" to run errands because I get easily confused. She still has her Jersey Cows from her FFA and 4-H days and she IS VERY ATTACHED TO THEM so she comes home to take care of them so her father does not have to do the work. I often think because she is our only child and does have a boyfriend how many children would give that much of themselves to help their parents without even being asked? She has been with her boyfriend for 6 years....
She also does activities like walking for autism because her friend's brother has it as well as her niece. She also enjoys being involved with the New Jersey Wetlands especially with the terrapins (turtles). When she was in High School she volunteered on the Rehabilitation Unit at Carlisle Regional Medical Center, she did a "hay lift" for the drought stricken farmers in the Mid-West, participated in food drives, played the Alto Sax in the Jazz, Choir Band, and Marching Band. Ranked in the top 5% of her graduating class, was News Reporter and Chaplain in FFA, attended 4-H Leadership Conference at Lebanon Valley College, received ***berland County Outstanding News Reporter, received Star Greenhand Award in FFA, held offices of Social Chairman and Secretary in 4-H. She was a Teen Leader at Farm and Safety day camp two day retreat. Tori was a member of Big Spring National Honor Society and graduated from college from Del Val College in Doylestown, PA with honors as well. Was a member of the Church Youth Group and we were both baptized on the same evening and it was so uplifting, to say the least. Tori even went to CA with her friend from work because her grandmother was dying and her friend did not want to go alone, so my daughter went with her to provide support and reassurance. THAT IS THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS!!!! Despite all that she does for us and the "shabby" Jeep that she drives and she is struggling to pay her Student Loans of $12,000 she does not complain. She was a VERY ACADEMIC person in college and she took it very seriously and she did receive many scholarships She is a well rounded person and I have witnessed her helping the elderly unload their groceries in their car and take their carts back for them. As her parents, we feel TOTALLY USELESS that we can not assist her for all of the care and kindness she provides to us and others. I hope you are able to assist my Tori in some way. I would be VERY GRATEFUL. Unfortunately, I can not fly because of my severe head pressure. I wish you taped your shows in NY, maybe some time you could do that...LOL!!!
Hope this finds you and Portia in GOOD HEALTH AND MUCH IN LOVE!!!! I love watching your shows and comedy shows because laughter "is the best medicine." And I LOVE IT WHEN YOU SCARE PEOPLE...IT IS SOOOO HYSTERICAL AND I ENJOY IT SOOO MUCH...KEEP UP THE GREAT SHOWS!!
Fondly,
Tonda Fuller
800 Creek Road
Carlisle, PA
17015
CELL-(717)-576-2392

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Carolyn Walker
38 days ago

June 11, 2014
Dear Ellen,
Please read this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need your help!!!!!!! I am sure this letter begins like thousands of letters, but PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!!!
This letter is about my inspirational brother who happens to be special needs. His name is Asbury Julian Hawkins. We call him Berry. He is 44 years old and has 18p syndrome. For my brother, this rare chromosomal deletion causes a low IQ, some uncommon physical characteristics, but most importantly a severe speech impediment. He can be very difficult to understand, so my mom and I usually ‘interpret’ for him. Along with his handicap, his life has been difficult. You can imagine the teasing he endured at school to the point of pure tears and heartbreak. If all this isn’t enough, around his 12th birthday our parents divorced and now his father has nothing to do him. For over 30 years now, Berry’s calls to his father go unanswered or unreturned. Berry has only spoken to or seen his father maybe five or six times in 30 years. This is very difficult for him. However, my letter is NOT about reconnecting Berry with his father.
I want to tell you the wonderful and inspirational things about Berry and then, very graciously, I would like to ask for your help. I think the next few paragraphs will explain how deserving he is for his ‘wish’ to come true.
Berry has worked as a custodian at a local elementary school for 23 years now, yes, 23 years. His work ethic, dedication, and the quality of his work is outstanding. It is because of these things he has received the Staff Person of the Year award more than once. Even though Berry doesn’t hesitate to ‘reprimand’ the students for making a mess in the cafeteria, standing on the sinks in the restroom, running in the halls, etc. the students still love him and affectionately call him, ‘Mr. Berry’. As a matter of fact, when a student sees Mr. Berry out to eat or at a store they don’t hesitate to come and speak. Of course, when they do, one of us ‘interprets’ to the parents about which light bulbs work best or how the school needs more paper towels, etc... You see, Berry never meets a stranger.
That is not all, Berry has worked at Publix bagging groceries every Sunday for the past 16 years, yes, 16 years. He used to work Saturdays, as well, until he developed Sarcoidosis and his mother made him cut back to working only 6 days a week and not 7! Working 2 jobs is something Berry chooses to do. He loves working and loves making money. He frequently tells me, “Me rich, you poor”.
Berry also has his driver’s license. Yes, you read that right. He used to drive short distances (while we were with him) until the day he was supposed to back out of a parking space, and instead put it in drive hitting a State Trooper’s car. Needless to say, Berry doesn’t drive anymore. There are so many things I could tell you about Berry from his obsessive quirks (collecting light bulbs and tools), to his always happy disposition, to the fact that he received the coveted ‘Principals Eagle Award’ in high school, beating out all the ‘normal’ kids, to the fact that he has had the same girlfriend for 20+years. The funny ‘Berry’ stories that we love to share are endless. For instance, when he gets mad at his mom he wakes up early and runs out all the hot water so she has to take a cold shower. He has at times resorted to hiding his step-father’s disgustingly stinky shoes in her car so she has to drive to work smelling them. And there was the time when our mom was selling our house and Berry was not happy about it. He put a large sign in his bedroom window for all to see, ‘BAD HOUSE. HOUSE LEAKS. NO BUY!’ So, not only is Berry an inspiration, he can be a force to be reckoned with.
This brings me to the part where I humbly and on my knees ask for your help. Berry LOVES the Disney show, Jessie, starring Debby Ryan. Please Ellen, help my brother have a chance to meet the cast or see an episode being filmed. This request is somewhat self-serving on our part, he is driving us crazy by writing letters and making posts on his Facebook and all the cast members’ Facebook pages (yes, he has a Facebook) all in an effort to see a live show or meet the cast. Unfortunately, we have had no success.
My mom and step-father are taking Berry to Los Angeles on July 26th and will be there thru August 5th. I apologize for this short notice. We have all been racking our brains on how to do this and my aunt and I thought of you and what a wonderful, caring, and giving person you are. Please Ellen, there will be no expense for you to fly him there. All you have to do is… you know… have your people call their people. (smile)
I am attaching a few pictures of Berry. It is always good to put a name with a face. Of course, you could always ‘friend’ him on Facebook!
We Love You Ellen,
Carolyn Walker
109 Brass Court
Lexington, SC 29072
803-622-4485

June 11, 2014
Dear Ellen,
Please read this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need your help!!!!!!! I am sure this letter begins like thousands of letters, but PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!!!
This letter is about my inspirational brother who happens to be special needs. His name is Asbury Julian Hawkins. We call him Berry. He is 44 years old and has 18p syndrome. For my brother, this rare chromosomal deletion causes a low IQ, some uncommon physical characteristics, but most importantly a severe speech impediment. He can be very difficult to understand, so my mom and I usually ‘interpret’ for him. Along with his handicap, his life has been difficult. You can imagine the teasing he endured at school to the point of pure tears and heartbreak. If all this isn’t enough, around his 12th birthday our parents divorced and now his father has nothing to do him. For over 30 years now, Berry’s calls to his father go unanswered or unreturned. Berry has only spoken to or seen his father maybe five or six times in 30 years. This is very difficult for him. However, my letter is NOT about reconnecting Berry with his father.
I want to tell you the wonderful and inspirational things about Berry and then, very graciously, I would like to ask for your help. I think the next few paragraphs will explain how deserving he is for his ‘wish’ to come true.
Berry has worked as a custodian at a local elementary school for 23 years now, yes, 23 years. His work ethic, dedication, and the quality of his work is outstanding. It is because of these things he has received the Staff Person of the Year award more than once. Even though Berry doesn’t hesitate to ‘reprimand’ the students for making a mess in the cafeteria, standing on the sinks in the restroom, running in the halls, etc. the students still love him and affectionately call him, ‘Mr. Berry’. As a matter of fact, when a student sees Mr. Berry out to eat or at a store they don’t hesitate to come and speak. Of course, when they do, one of us ‘interprets’ to the parents about which light bulbs work best or how the school needs more paper towels, etc... You see, Berry never meets a stranger.
That is not all, Berry has worked at Publix bagging groceries every Sunday for the past 16 years, yes, 16 years. He used to work Saturdays, as well, until he developed Sarcoidosis and his mother made him cut back to working only 6 days a week and not 7! Working 2 jobs is something Berry chooses to do. He loves working and loves making money. He frequently tells me, “Me rich, you poor”.
Berry also has his driver’s license. Yes, you read that right. He used to drive short distances (while we were with him) until the day he was supposed to back out of a parking space, and instead put it in drive hitting a State Trooper’s car. Needless to say, Berry doesn’t drive anymore. There are so many things I could tell you about Berry from his obsessive quirks (collecting light bulbs and tools), to his always happy disposition, to the fact that he received the coveted ‘Principals Eagle Award’ in high school, beating out all the ‘normal’ kids, to the fact that he has had the same girlfriend for 20+years. The funny ‘Berry’ stories that we love to share are endless. For instance, when he gets mad at his mom he wakes up early and runs out all the hot water so she has to take a cold shower. He has at times resorted to hiding his step-father’s disgustingly stinky shoes in her car so she has to drive to work smelling them. And there was the time when our mom was selling our house and Berry was not happy about it. He put a large sign in his bedroom window for all to see, ‘BAD HOUSE. HOUSE LEAKS. NO BUY!’ So, not only is Berry an inspiration, he can be a force to be reckoned with.
This brings me to the part where I humbly and on my knees ask for your help. Berry LOVES the Disney show, Jessie, starring Debby Ryan. Please Ellen, help my brother have a chance to meet the cast or see an episode being filmed. This request is somewhat self-serving on our part, he is driving us crazy by writing letters and making posts on his Facebook and all the cast members’ Facebook pages (yes, he has a Facebook) all in an effort to see a live show or meet the cast. Unfortunately, we have had no success.
My mom and step-father are taking Berry to Los Angeles on July 26th and will be there thru August 5th. I apologize for this short notice. We have all been racking our brains on how to do this and my aunt and I thought of you and what a wonderful, caring, and giving person you are. Please Ellen, there will be no expense for you to fly him there. All you have to do is… you know… have your people call their people. (smile)
I am attaching a few pictures of Berry. It is always good to put a name with a face. Of course, you could always ‘friend’ him on Facebook!
We Love You Ellen,
Carolyn Walker
109 Brass Court
Lexington, SC 29072
803-622-4485

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Rachel sheets
55 days ago

Dear Ellen,
I am nominating my best friend Vanessa pulcini. she has been going though a rough time. at 25, she had a stroke and found out she has a hole in her heart. at that time, she found out that she also has 2 anurisms. she has plenty of bills that she can't seem to catch up on because of her hospitalization. she also only has one car for a family of 3 that she has to try to keep running. she is in good spirits and is always trying to help others. she deserves someone ti help her. please help my best friend out because she deserves it.
thanks Ellen,
Rachel sheets

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Lovelle
57 days ago

Ellen,
I am nominating Linda Ingram in hopes that you might help her. She has been through more than her share of hardships. She truly is deserving of help. She worked at an early age to help her family. Sometimes two jobs while trying to attend school. The first time she was married ended with an abusive relationship. The second time she had been married almost 24 years. In this time she helped take care of both her parents. Her mother had cancer and died at an early age of 60. Her father was a Type 1 diabetic (with many complications) and past away in his 70's. She has worked two jobs most of her life. Her husband developed Alzheimer's in his early to mid 50's. She took care of him and worked two jobs, so that she could make ends meet. He had no life insurance, except for a small policy that she had on him through one of her jobs. It was enough to pay his funeral cost. She has no children and only had help from her siblings who are not in great health. Linda is unable to make ends meet. She can't even afford to buy grocery's. She was left with a mortgage, utilities, insurance and up keep to budget and daily needs. Linda is unable to pay for all the needs that she has. Linda has always helped others, anyone in need she would help and do without herself, even if she didn't know them. She would give you her last dime if she had it. Linda's health is not the best and she struggles each and every day. She is currently working only one job due to loosing one of the two jobs that she held. She currently is driving a vehicle that belongs to her sister. Besides all the hardships and struggles that she goes through daily, she is loosing her smile. She is becoming depressed and has an unable desire to go out in the community. She is currently dealing with a surgery on her knee that is due from a work related accident. She goes to the doctor and therapy then returns home. Please Ellen, Linda is in need of help so that her troubles are minimized and she can begin to have happy days ahead of her that she truly deserves. Thanks, Lovelle

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allimacjo
60 days ago

I'm sending this in hopes that this young family gets help. Yesterday a father was out with his almost 8 mth old son. Waiting to cross the street at a stop light, a one person crashed into another vehicle, spinning the second vehicle around hitting the stroller and killing the baby. The mom is currently pregnant with their second baby. Here is the link to the breaking news. http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/25641374/baby-in-stroller-killed-after-car-runs-red-light?fb_action_ids=473124882817618&fb_action_types=og.comments&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B530817540355771%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.comments%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D
I'm having a hard time shaking this...I have 5 (adult) children, which some have children of their own now, and I worry about then all. They live scattered all over the world, and I can't protect them. The young couple are trying to raids money for the baby's funeral. Please help them.
Thank you Ellen.
God bless all that you do, He gave you a great talent!!!
We love you!!!
Camilla

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Andrea L. Swickard
69 days ago

I'm writing today to hopefully bring some happiness & medical help to a Little girl named Poppy Avalon, she was born with Aperts Syndrome, and all who know and love her are struggling to make the goal of $60...,000 dollars for her surgery to unfuse her fingers. If you go to her site https://littlepoppyseeds.wordpress.com you will she what a bright and loving Lil' girl she is even with all her medical needs, she just is a Lil' tropper & brings such joy to everyone, and she has the most honest loving single Mother and big brother doing everything they can too make this lttle angel's life as normal as they can, but they need help, if you can help or know of some way to help Poppy it would be such a blessing to them.
Thank you,
Andrea Swickard, a loving cousin

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Paula Fava
69 days ago

Dear ONE Ellen ...
I am writing today in order to nominate my sweet angel friend Dana. Dana has been through her fair share (and then some) of challenges & struggles. She is raising two girls, one a teen & one a preteen ... predominantly on her own. She does have an ex-husband ... however, he is neither supportive or forthcoming in any 'help' with the girls. He wouldn't even come up with his half of the cost of sending their youngest daughter to the school of her desires, focusing on the creative arts ... so this daughter will be attending the public school instead. Dana was willing to do whatever it took for her daughter, however, she was not able to muster the entire yearly tuition for this school that would allow her daughter to thrive.

Several years ago ... Dana herself successfully battled cancer ... having to put her massage therapy business on hold thru her treatment & recovery for nearly six months. The medical & other bills became overwhelming. As a group, many of her friends & I were able to raise enough to take the stress off that burden ... allowing her the much needed time to heal. She works so very hard, every day in every way ... to keep her life with her girls afloat ... and still, there is not enough & she has fallen way behind once again.

Recently, Dana's Mom has had her own cancer return & is likely near death. Dana is packing up her girls to drive to Idaho in early July to be with her Mom & help to finalize all that goes with this challenging time of transition. She has to fly the girls back early for other obligations ... and she herself will stay with her Mom as long as it takes. I know this is stretching her past her limits to be able to afford this trip for them all ... not to mention the emotional cost of loosing a mother ... and, piled on top of that, the loss of work for Dana.

With all her family obligations, Dana also volunteers for work with the local schools theater production, choreographing all the dance numbers. She is a beautiful dancer. Dana gives of herself to everyone around her ... in all that she does. It is my wish for her to get a little relief ... in whatever way/means you deem appropriate.

My greatest concern for Dana is that she is forced to continue to burn the candle on both ends, simply to survive ... and, what that may cost her with her own health. Please help me help this earth angel to thrive ... instead of struggle to survive.

Thank you in advance for any consideration to support Dana.
All blessings & gratitude to YOU & Your Entire Staff,
Paula F

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Corrin Lister
70 days ago

Ellen,

So many people go through life doing so much for other people, smiling every single day, when they are really broken on the inside. This description fits my parents, Pat and Beth, so much more than 100%.

A little over three years ago, my dad lost his job. He was working at a furniture store in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, when he suddenly told he was no longer wanted. Since then, my mom has been working two, 40 hour week full time jobs, while my dad goes to interview after interview and continues to look for any opportunity. He is 57 years old and has encountered so much age discrimination that something as simple as his age is setting him back.

My parents are stressed, sad, and mostly terrified. I do all that I can, but there is a bigger problem than money. They have received no unemployment checks, and the last year has been the worst with my parents being late on bills, unable to buy groceries, and selling close to everything they have. To top it all off, they are losing their house in a few short months, leaving them to live where? They don't know either.

it is so sad to see my dad act the way he does. While he is still my hero and the most wonderful person I know, he has changed so much. He now suffers from depression and anxiety making him constantly on edge and seem angry. His passion for people and excitement for life that people admired so much no longer sparkles inside him. Not only do I want my parents to be safe, happy, and healthy, I want my family back. As an only child your parents are not only your parents and the ones you spend everyday with, but your best friends. I miss my parents being happy and able to laugh..that inspired me and kept me going.

I realize there are thousands of people who are unemployed and in need of so much. My parents deserve to be recognized for not only being so strong and never losing faith, but for still continuing to help me and support me as I enter my fourth year in college. Parents are so amazing for so many reasons, but one thing they never get is being recognized for all their love, accomplishments, and their undying love without ever thinking twice. If nothing else, please consider them for this and anyone else who is truly deserving. Be kind to one another. I believe every person has the ability to change the world as we see it, and my parents set a perfect example.

Thank you for all you do!

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Lynne coleman
70 days ago

Hello. I would like to nominate a 38 year old woman Heather Schweninger. Heather is an active person in her community and freely ministers to persons in need. She will do most anything to help. Watch children, loan her car, give rides, provide meals and more. She is active in her church and ministers to children through her participation in children's programs. I for one would lead a lonelier and more difficult life if it were not for Heather. She helps me all the time with life "stuff". Heather lives in MI and has recently been diagnose with several health problems, including MS. This has greatly effected her ability to work the her job full time and the employer has not been cooperative in assigning her part time assignments. As a result she may lose her home and her car is quickly falling apart. By the way, she also provides a home and wonderful care to her five kitties. She has lost four of her kitty babies in the last year to cancer, but took three who were heading for homelessness or being put down. Please consider donating a good car to her so she can continue in her service/ministries. She is such a deserving person. Please contact me via email and i will provide her contact information.

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Thea Vitakis
82 days ago

Dear Ellen:
Your generosity and giving heart is to be admired and you've changed so many lives. I'm hoping you can help my adult daughter. She's had a rough life, suffering from numerous illnesses and she is partially disabled, but she keeps a positive attitude and gets through each day as best she can. I used to be able to help her financially, but I have my own health problems (I'm 75) and live only on social security so I am unable to help her anymore Recently her 1990 Subaru with over 200,000 miles on it, broke down for the last time. She really needs. a station wagon so she can get to her many doctors' appointments and to the store for groceries (and cat food for the love of her life, Purry, who brings happiness to her in so many ways). She needs station wagon (not an SUV) even a good used one would be great! Since she lives solely on a disability check and food stamps, there's just no way she can afford a car. She's a good person who, at the age of 51, deserves a break. If you can help in any way, we would both be eternally grateful. Her name is Michele Pronesti. Neither of us can travel, but we sure enjoy watching your show! Thanks for all you do, Ellen.
Sincerely, Thea

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Nancy Cross
83 days ago

My cousin Debbie Calicutt has established a non-profit animal sanctuary on her land called Safehollow Animal Sanctuary, she is the Angel of Mercy for the abused,neglected and unwanted animals that are thrown away as if they were trash. Some of the abuse stories she can tell you would make you physically sick. Debbie takes all animals especially the ones that no one wants. Safehollow is the last chance for these precious animals that have only known a life of torture, abuse and neglect. Safehollow relies solely on donations to maintain the sanctuary. Debbie does most of the daily chores herself from daylight to dark including rescuing animals, cleaning and feeding them and vet trips. Vet expenses are currently quite high for her and getting higher as more needy animals come to her needing spay, neutering and emergency service and routine medication.She pays for what she can with donations and what she can spare of her own money. Im not writing for Debbie to receive something personal because thats not what she would want, Im writing on her behalf for assistance on Vet bills which are currently $2,000 and growing. This woman works hard to take care of the animals and unselfishly devoted her life to the animals that have been treated cruelly by the ones that are supposed to cherish them. Like she says "every animal here has a story" and someone has to love them. So Im writing on Debbie's behalf because she is truly an amazing and admirable person with a heart that deeply loves the unfortunate ones and provides a safe environment for them until they are adopted or live their life out at Safehollow. A little help can go a long way and I would like to see the burden of the Vet bills be lifted from her shoulders. Thank you Nancy Cross

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Sonia
93 days ago

I have a friend, single mom with 2 kids. recently Lost her apartment and she has to move in with her parents. she lost her car as well since she was not able to make the payments. with all thse she still happy and positive and I realy admire her attitude and how she keeps her kids happy.

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Dennis
109 days ago

Hello,
My wife and I just celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. I cannot believe that she is still with me after I abandoned her last October. I literally would not even answer a text message. During that time, I was diagnosed with PTSD stemming from my childhood and a severe head injury I suffered some years ago. I lost my job November of 2011 and fell into a deep and dark depression. My wife is a teacher and did her best to keep us afloat. When I moved into our oldest daughter's home and broke off all contact, I hurt her tremendously. She has always been there for me, but when she needed me most, I hid. I turned my oldest daughter against her, and she still will not treat her mother decently. I feel incredibly guilty because all she wanted the night I screamed across a crowded room at her through the phone that I wanted a divorce was to tell me how sick she was and receive a little comfort. She had broken ribs and developed pneumonia. I was so self-absorbed that I could not be bothered. Then, for three months, I treated her worse than anyone deserves.
Let me tell you a little about her. She works extremely hard. She teaches seventh grade math and has been with the same system for 21 years. She went back to school to get her degree when I drove a truck over the road. We had three children at the time. She worked full time, attended the University of Georgia full time, took care of our children, and even suffered the tragic loss of her parents to a car wreck. She is also extremely generous. She puts herself last most of the time. Last February our youngest daughter's husband left her and her two small boys. Dana, our daughter, was having a difficult time paying the bills and taking care of our two grandsons financially. My wife came to the only solution that would work. We gave up our home and moved in to help. We moved in June, 2013. My daughter and I had an argument so I moved to Nikki's house (our oldest) in July. She lives an hour away. I childishly put my feelings above those of my already confused grandsons (now 2 and 4) and my wife. Another example was during the time that I left her. Gabriel's birthday is in December (the 4 year old) followed closely by Christmas. Linda's transmission in her car was going out. Instead of focusing on what she really needed to save her money for, she made sure that Gabriel had a birthday party and that All of our grandchildren were okay for Christmas. Honestly, the money she spent was not near enough for that kind of work on a car, but it is just the point that once again, she places herself last. Another example is huge: She refuses not to discuss her family at work or anywhere else where people are discussing theirs. See, we have two gay children that are in loving relationships. Nikki has been with her wife for about 12 years, and Matt has been with his husband for 4 years. She has always supported all of her children and has become quite outspoken when it comes to Equality for All. Where some parents, especially public school teachers, might hide their gay children, my wife embraces not only their significant others, but also the family members of our children's spouses. See, my wife is AMAZING and does what she does not to be thanked or looked upon. She would rather not have the spotlight on her. However, it is time for something nice to come her way.
My wife no longer has a car. She has to be picked up and dropped off every day to get to work. Even though she is doing this, she still made sure that I have an older model car to ensure that Gabriel can get to school and so that I have a way to run errands during the day. I keep the boys and she is not comfortable with me not having a vehicle while I have the kids.
Please help me show my beautiful wife just how much I love and appreciate her.

Sincerely,
Dennis

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Carma Morgan
113 days ago

The town of Ralston, OK is not much more than a ghost town. However, the Community Activity Group of Ralston each year works hard to get enough donations to host two free activities for the community and anyone who wants to attend. At Easter, they fund a Egg Hunt with candy and cash prizes. (Open and free to anyone and everyone.) The group provides prizes and snacks. At Christmas, they host a dinner and party for kids and their parents. (Again, anyone, regardless of where they live can attend and participate.) We have a Santa and each child that attends gets a present valued at $10.00 or more. In past, we also had drawings for bikes for kids. (Due to lack of funds and rising costs, we cannot afford this.) For many of these kids, these are the only presents they will receive at Christmas. On average, there are 100-150 kids that attend. I believe that this group, or others like it in the small, forgotten communities, could use the recognition. It's not just kids in the larger cities that do without.

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Susan Queen
123 days ago

Dear Ellen, I am a mom to two beautiful boys, Tyler and Zachary. Zachary was born 3 months premature with Down syndrome. Zachary has had over 22 surgeries in hire life, most recently in February. We spend a lot of time in the children's hospital and in and out of the doctors office. With Zachary having to go through so much we never have the money to take family vacations, do special things or even give our oldest son all the things we wished we could. I am unable to work due to all of Zachary's medical issues and all the time he misses from school. I spend a lot of time at home taking care of Zachary so I neglect myself a lot. My husband and I have been married 27 years, we were high school sweethearts. We never get any alone time or take any trips together. I would never trade my son for anything and if my life is to care for him I am perfectly ok with that. He is my life. I wouldn't change a thing. Unfortunately we are in need of a lot of things that we have to put aside and hope one day to be able to take care of. Our main focus is on our sons. Zachary is a big Ellen fan and every day ask to watch Ellen. He repeats your shows ending line, "Anyway"! He cracks us up! Zachary is also a BIG BIG Two and a Half Men fan and loves Jon Cryer!! In fact, Zachary has many matching pajama sets just like "Allen" wears on the show! We tried writing to Jon Cryer and told him what a big fan Zachary is and how much it would mean to Zachary to meet him or get something from him. Zachary is the true meaning of a fighter and the strongest young man I know. He continues to fight through life and does it with a big smile on his face! We love your show and hope that maybe somehow one day we can meet you and Zachary can get the chance to do something fun. Keep doing all the great things you do. You are amazing! Love, Susan Queen

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