Over­whelmed with grat­i­tude

St. Louis mother gets help and mes­sages of sup­port from across Is­land

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY NANCY MACPHEE

St. Louis mother gets help and mes­sages of sup­port from across Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

Christina Green chokes back tears as she tries to ex­press her grat­i­tude.

“Thank you so much,” said Green, her voice break­ing. “I don’t know what I was go­ing to do.”

“The whole point of me do­ing this story was to make peo­ple aware that us, down here, we don’t re­ally have the op­tion to take ad­van­tage of th­ese pro­grams that are of­fered in Sum­mer­side and Char­lot­te­town. I didn’t ex­pect any of this.” Christina Green

Since early Mon­day evening, the St. Louis woman has been in­un­dated with calls and mes­sages from Is­lan­ders of­fer­ing her help.

A sin­gle mother strug­gling to get by on re­duced em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance ben­e­fits, Green shared her story with TC Me­dia of how she had hoped to ap­ply for the Sal­va­tion Army’s home heat­ing pro­gram.

But with only $5 to her name and not enough gas to make the trek to Sum­mer­side, al­most an hour’s drive away where ap­pli­ca­tions had to be filled out, it was some­thing she couldn’t do un­til her next cheque ar­rived.

“The whole point of me do­ing this story was to make peo­ple aware that us, down here, we don’t re­ally have the op­tion to take ad­van­tage of th­ese pro­grams that are of­fered in Sum­mer­side and Char­lot­te­town,” said Green.

“I didn’t ex­pect any of this.”

When her story ap­peared on­line, al­most im­me­di­ately, calls came pour­ing in.

“Last night, about 5 o’clock, it started and it was un­til I went to bed at 11 o’clock,” she said Tues­day.

“This morn­ing, I had texts and mes­sages on my Face­book. It has just been crazy.”

Com­plete strangers of­fered to fill her car’s tank with gas, to pay off her out­stand­ing oil bill and to even fill her oil tank.

“I had peo­ple from Sum­mer­side and Char­lot­te­town of­fer to give me gas money. I had a lovely cou­ple of­fer to come down and pick me up and drive me to Sum­mer­side.”

Green did take one per­son up on the of­fer of a drive to Sum­mer­side, where she filled out an ap­pli­ca­tion to the home heat­ing pro­gram.

She doesn’t yet know if she qual­i­fied for a one-time de­liv­ery of 400 litres of oil.

When she re­turned to her mod­est St. Louis bun­ga­low she found her tank had al­ready been filled.

“The bill was in my door. It said ‘com­pli­ments of a Good Sa­mar­i­tan. No charge’.”

The out­pour­ing of sup­port from the Is­land com­mu­nity has been over­whelm­ing, but not com­pletely sur­pris­ing, added Green.

When her daugh­ter had to travel to the IWK Health Cen­tre for on­go­ing health is­sues, peo­ple in her home com­mu­nity stepped in to help.

And, thanks to the kind­ness of strangers, as a win­ter storm ap­proaches, Green can rest eas­ier know­ing she and her daugh­ter will be warm.

“I feel so blessed.”

Green

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