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Helping Hands: Help The Signal find worthy recipients of grant in Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: June 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

First, it was a single mother who cared for her son while he was battling cancer. She needed a boost to help further her education. Her check helped her pay for books.
Most recently, it was to help a woman pay for adoption fees so she could bring in two very needy children. It was a letter from those two kids’ classmates that prompted the latest award.
In between, SCV Helping Hand has given out nearly $6,000 to worth recipients — people who have been ill, people who have wanted to further their education and people who have needed to care for their children.
And the catch?
There is no catch.
Thanks to a kind, anonymous donor, The Signal has been awarding grants to people or organizations who have been nominated by Signal subscribers.
They have written heartfelt letters on behalf of people who were in need of a lifeline.
Such as this one:
An indigent 25-year-old single mother in Santa Clarita is in a situation unfathomable by many in our community.
She has four children under the age of 8 (two of them under age 3) and has been abandoned completely by the children’s father, leaving her in a desperate situation, unable to work because of the price of day care.
The family of five is living in a small apartment with no furniture. They have no transportation, and even the cost of taking the bus to go to a doctor’s appointments and the like is prohibitive.
The young mother has no extended family or friends to help her out. They rely on the SCV Food Pantry for food, and they thank God for those who give them food.
To add to this mother’s tragedy, the youngest child, just 18 months old, has severe mental retardation and Down syndrome.
Because of this, they do qualify for minimal benefits through Social Security, and this pays their rent.
This brave mother is doing all that she can to keep her family together, but she is understandably depressed and lives in fear. The SCV Helping Hand donation would supply this family with a few months of extra food and a few items of clothing for these growing children.
The Signal is asking its subscribers to think of one person, a family or an organization that is in need of assistance. This is your way of contributing to this process. Write us or e-mail us. Help us provide a helping hand.
All submissions should tell a story about a person or nonprofit in need. Submissions should be limited to about 350-400 words. Please be specific about the amount sought up to a maximum of $500.
All submissions must include the following contact information:
n Name of the nominating Signal subscriber
n Address
n Telephone number
n Email address
In addition, if the submission is being made on behalf of another, please include:
n Name of potential recipient
n That person or organization’s address
n Telephone number
Submissions without all proper contact information will be discarded or sent back for completion. If certain contact information does not exist, please state this in the submission.
How to submit
Submissions can be mailed or dropped off at The Signal, 24000 Creekside Road, Valencia, CA 91355 or emailed to helpinghand@the-signal.com.

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