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Mama really needs help right now. All funds will be used for home and medical care.

Mama is my grandmother. She's 91 and lives in the Dominican Republic; to be honest, not the safest place to be if you're light-skinned like most of my family. I haven't seen her in about three years because of this and my mother, who is darker, visits often, but can't live there full time. It's hard to find nursing homes there, and expensive.

My parents have been retired for 5 years and Mama now needs a lot of care. She has no family living close to her who can assist with the this. Putting her into a home has been considered but this is not easy in Santo Domingo. Quality of care is a major concern as is cost.

Along with her sisters, my mother has been trying to provide the required care “from a distance” and with visits, but as you can imagine, this is very difficult, both physically and financially. We hope we can continue to provide for her care, but with everyone essentially retired, budgets are stretched to the limit.

I come to you to ask for your help.

You're a stranger, I know, it's never something I would have ever imagined doing - asking strangers for help - and I assure you it's only because it's very much needed.

I am not financially stable at the moment and my parents are taking on this financial burden alone at the moment. I can't afford to help right now, as much as it kills me, and my family isn't exactly "rallying" to help.

In Dominican Republic, just like in the U.S., things have become more and more expensive. We are still thankful that we can provide housekeepers/caretakers to take care of her for the moment, and this not only means cooking and cleaning, but also physically moving her from place to place in the house (bed/bathroom/sitting room rocking chair/back to bed etc). She also has some friends and neighbors who help and also ensure that all the bills get paid from an account we maintain. These “angels” allow us to reasonably effectively continue to help us in caring for her. We thank God for them but quality care is still stretched thin as most of the people that we can afford to hire are not professionals.

Basic monthly fixed expenses, including some medications, add up to approximately US$1,000 monthly. We are barely able to meet these expenses. This number does not anticipate any extra medical or medication expenses.

We send transfers every two months and transfer bi-monthly since an international wire transfer costs $40 (amazing!).

I know times are tough and thanks so much for any bit of help you can provide, even if it's just a dollar, or even if you can just forward this link along to a friend; I'm so grateful.

Mama is in serious need and my parents can't afford to keep her cared for. She was never "expected to live as long as she has", as awful as that sounds, and now we're in quite a dire situation.

My goal is to raise enough just to care for her for a year. Any little bit helps. I'm not a good speaker/writer or an eloquent person. I'm not a celebrity, nor do I have anything to offer you in return except thanks from the bottom of my heart and soul. Thanks from a stranger.

Please help my grandma. Thank you so much,
Thank you so much for your time and God bless.
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