Mary Beth Writes

In June I wrote about Our Brother  HERE

Here’s an update:

Our Brother is still working at the same warehouse, full-time, $9/hr.  

Back in June the Child Support dep’t had negotiated 3 purges (purge is the term Child Support uses for the bond one pays in order to get out of or stay out of jail once warrants are listed). His three purges on his three child support cases were $350 and $500 and $500. I invited people to make contributions to his cause.

Over time people gave him $475.  Also, he now has a bank account and part of each paycheck goes to it, so with his payments and ours, he has paid off the $350 and one of the $500 purges. He no longer has warrants on those two cases.  He has $470 left to pay on the last lone.

This has been done WHILE current support payments are also withheld for his current obligations.

This, friends, is faith, courage and oomph. I have seen a lot of these situations in my life - fixing a big problem slowly and steadily like this impresses me more than just about anything.

This Friday (this week!) his toddler son is having open heart surgery. His son’s heart has some anomalies, it can be fixed but it is not simple.

This little boy lives with his mom not very far away from where Our Brother lives, He sees his son frequently, and even more lately because the mom, who is only in her 30’s, is currently fighting cancer. Our Brother’s sisters and his older daughter are all trying to help take care of the little boy during the day, so that the mom can rest.

This is a hard time. 

Our Brother and I talked (texted) last night. He would appreciate your thoughts and prayers for the health of his son and his son’s mother.

If you would like to donate a little (or a lot!) more money to Our Brother, the way to do that is at the end of the original story.  (If you are moved to donate money to Our Brother, send a check to Franc Garcia / 2038 Russet Street / Racine, WI 53405. He will take a photo of it (so we keep track) and then endorse it to Our Brother’s bank account and deposit it that day or the next.)

I thought some of you would like to know this. 


Thanks for the update. I was wondering how he was doing. This is good progress. Wishing him the best for his son's surgery.

Ditto to what Kathryn just said.

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