Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Charleston Gazette-Mail Charities ; Older Woman Can't Catch Break, Needs Coat and Working Fridge

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Charleston Gazette-Mail Charities ; Older Woman Can't Catch Break, Needs Coat and Working Fridge

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This 72-year-old, who lives with her dog, just wants to be independent. But the hits just keep on coming. "She calls me all the time, stressed out, her caseworker said. "Every single day.

She lives on $752 per month in Social Security and $99 per month in SNAP benefits. She's behind on her bills.

Her car was vandalized, and she's still driving it with a broken window.

Her stove doesn't work.

Her refrigerator broke a couple months ago, and the one she began renting was removed from her home after she couldn't afford the $59 per month payment. Her landlord gave her a fridge, but only the freezer works.

"She sold a lot of her stuff just to survive, her caseworker said. "You walk into her living room, she doesn't have anything.

She even sold her antique bed, but her caseworker said she may be running out of belongings to pawn. …

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