Through casual conversation, I have learned that my coworker and his wife (they are in their 60's) have been caring for two young children, a boy, and girl, ages 3 1/2 and 4 1/2.
They do not care full-time for the children, but they do so to help out a young, 27-year-old, family friend. She works a barely minimum wage job and if not for my coworker and his wife, it would be almost impossible for her to work overtime (that is much needed) to provide the best life to her children she can.
He and I were chatting this week and I always ask him about the kids and how they are doing and what projects they are up to. This (somehow) led to how he and his wife were watching them a few more days than usual this week. I asked if there was a special reason and he simply stated, "their mother could not pay her electric bill and it was turned off in her apartment. She wanted to make sure that her kids were in a safe place and an apartment without electricity is not safe for them. She gets paid later this week and is immediately paying the bill." Apparently, it was a rough month ( I did not ask for details) and money was a little short.
I am not sure about you, but it sucks being broke. I am not a parent, but I could not imagine knowing I have to give my children, willingly, to someone else until I can afford to pay my electric bill.
I excused myself quietly and politely from our conversation and called my father (who matches my $20 each month) and explained to him the change of plans and gave him the quick run-down of this new plan. He obviously agreed and I immediately went to the ATM and pulled out our $40.
I returned to work and asked my coworker if he or his family friend would mind any assistance. He stated that "no, I believe she would appreciate any help because it only helps her children." I gave him the $40 and told him to have his family friend do with it what she wishes, but I hope this helps with the bills this month.
He said he would make sure and give it to her and asked if it was okay if he told her who it was from. I told him that it was up to him, but to make sure if she does ask, to tell her it is from the RCF.
Update She was given the $40, unbeknownst to me, on her birthday! She wanted to thank everyone in the RCF for all you do.