Our CareGifters recipients say $500 makes a difference:
When I first heard about the CareGifters Program I could not believe such a program existed. At the time I applied I was 23-year-old caregiver trying to go back to school. I was hoping to use the money to pay part of my tuition. I was unable to receive financial aid and was not give the scholarships I applied for. At the time my mom’s Cobra Insurance ran out and in order to be covered we needed to pay out of pocket. I was able to use the money I received from the CareGifters program to help my dad pay for the insurance, which was a blessing. ~ Liliana, who cares for her mom.
When I received my CareGift, I was living on so little that I literally had no food in the fridge and desperately needed a new pair of shoes. As a 24/7 caretaker, I did not have the opportunity to be away from the home long enough to get a part-time job. The CareGift allowed me to fill the fridge, get some shoes and pay a respite caregiver for a few hours once a week for several week so that I could get out of the house for a break, which I desperately needed in the middle of that long winter. Further, it was an emotional boost just to know that someone cared. ~ Kristin, who cares for a family friend
Winning the caregifters award was like a message from God when I believed that he was leading me to get a pharmacy technician degree. The money allowed me to enroll in an online, distance learning school. I will be getting my degree in May. I hope that this will in some way help me take better care of my chronically ill daughter. ~ Jane, who cares for her daughter