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Thank you for what you’re doing.  I’m a recent young widow myself and I know there is very little support available to us.  My husband was killed in Afghanistan this past May.  I think what you’re doing is wonderful and I’m sorry I couldn’t contribute more, but maybe next year.  Thanks again and have a wonderful Holiday.  Lisa V., West Virginia

I am a recent widow, age 35 and have two children. It has been my experience since my husband passed away that there is almost no help out there for young widows who have children. Unless they qualify for welfare then no one seems to think they have a need. I can tell you that there is very much a need and there are so many young widows who have no help at all because they aren’t qualified to receive welfare. I personally think that it should not be that way. They were all forced into a situation that they had no control over, yet it feels everyday like we are being punished and I don’t think it should be that way. I myself have had a hard struggle for the past two years, raising my children, even though they are qualified and receive  Social Security benefits. Sometimes it’s just not enough. Especially in the part of the state that I live in where there are no jobs hardly and none that you can find making above minimum wage, and especially if you are female. I wish that I had the money to make a donation to your organization, but I can’t afford to right now with Christmas coming. I will however do everything in my power to make a donation after Christmas because I believe what you’re doing is great and that there should be other organizations like yours. Something to give some hope and piece of mind to all the young widows out there who have lost a husband and who are raising children alone. That is the one thing that we all need most. That and to feel as if it matters to anyone that we have the things we need and the things that the children need. Greta Morris

Help!  I am a 30-year-old widow with a six-year-old daughter. My husband was killed three years ago and I was left with no financial support.  I am beginning nursing school in August.  I am afraid I won’t be able to afford it along with my mortgage and living expenses.  Please contact me if you know of any resources.  Thank you.  Amy D., Florida 

I would like to commend you for your dream.  My Grandmother was a widow with 7 children left behind and they all turned out to be wonderful adults. I also was a single mom. It is and was hard for women to raise their children when the father’s are not around for whatever reason and the children become respectful adults. It touches my heart that you want to help them and I am sending my contribution through snail mail. I am grateful that there are people like you around in our world today.  With Love and Gratitude Cathy Visoskis

I just read about Sylvia’s Foundation and the wonderful story of Sylvia.  My mother was also a young widow with four kids to raise with little money.  She had offers from different family members to take one or two of us, but she didn’t want to split us up.  I will always be extremely grateful for that.  I’m a social worker who has worked with many families that have been split up.  This is something you carry with you the rest of your life.  I know my contribution is small but I want you to know it’s from the heart.  Barb F., Massachusetts

I would like to say what a wonderful thing you are doing… kudos!!  I am a single mother myself, not widowed but no spousal support, and through my circumstances have come to realize what single mothers must tackle on a day to day basis.  I would just like to commend you on taking the time to help God’s great gift to this earth, Mothers 🙂 –  Sandra

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