How many times can you ask for a ride before you use up all your favors from your best friend, neighbor, co-worker, or sister-in-law's cousin? It is hard to find a ride to an interview in the middle of the day. Or to a school program. Or to your kid's doctor. And you can't keep getting rides to work day in and day out. It just doesn't work like that.
Whomever thought of this gas card thing was pretty darn clever. A gift card. For gas. What?!
We don't always know about or remember the circumstances out there that make things so hard. A single mother who is taking care of several kids on a shoestring budget doesn't necessarily have the money for $3.50-a-gallon gas. When she's down to her last $10 and the kids need milk, well... The decision has to be made. Yeah, get your walking shoes on, kiddos. We're going to log some miles this week.
We (you) have helped some folks in our community. Do you know the people that write us the note requesting help? Maybe. Maybe not. Even if you know them, you may not know that they are in need. You probably have no idea who the nameless and faceless person is who needed a tank of gas. For this reason, we would like to introduce you to C.
C is a mother, a student, an employee. Her car was parked in her driveway and she was walking her kids to school, catching rides to work, and finding creative ways to get around. She just didn't have gas money. When 100 Good Women gave her a gas gift card, she was able to drive to class, take her kids to school, and drive herself to work.
She recently sent us a thank-you. We at 100 Good Women have a soft spot for those thank-you notes. It tells us the stories and brings that person to life. We love hearing that what we did helped. C is still working toward her degree, but is already planning on volunteering her time, items and money in the future.
Thank you for your gifts. You matter to each person we have helped, are helping and will help. Even though we want to help every single person in need and can't always do that, with your support we can do more and more all the time. So thank you. You are the reason we get to say yes.