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The coronavirus killed Gladys' husband. Now what?

Kelsey Campbell
Jun 29, 2020

The coronavirus already took her husband. Now, Gladys is left wondering how the rest of her family will survive.

Gladys became a widow just a few weeks ago when the virus that is sweeping the globe arrived in Nicaragua and took her husband’s life. He had been the breadwinner for their family, going to work while Gladys took care of their daughter with Down syndrome and their five other children.

Since his death, the family has no source of income. Gladys worries often about losing another family member … either to the virus or to starvation.

You can help rescue families around the world, like Gladys’, today. Your gift will help provide emergency aid like food, clean water, hygiene kits, medical care, and more. And thanks to a matching gift, your donation DOUBLES up to $300,000!

Gladys is absolutely heartbroken over the loss of her husband. Her oldest son had to be the one to tell our partner about his dad’s final days.

He explained how it started as just a cough and other mild symptoms that normally wouldn’t have been that concerning. But then his dad quickly took a turn for the worse. Before long, he was struggling to breathe.

This global pandemic had just been a scary story in the news until it was suddenly at the family’s own front door. And soon, it had taken their dad’s life.

Gladys and her children are having a hard-enough time grieving this loss. They’ve hardly had a moment to try to figure out how to make ends meet.

Gladys has always been there for her children and especially for her daughter with special needs. She would hate for that to change now. But even if she could make it work — if she could set up a schedule for the older children or neighbors to look in on her daughter — finding a job would be difficult.

Nicaragua, like most countries, is experiencing increased unemployment during the pandemic. And since Gladys has been at home for the past two decades taking care of her kids, she has little recent job experience, making it even harder to get a job and make a living.

Her husband’s death has turned her world upside down.

They can’t afford essentials like food. They can’t afford masks, hand sanitizer, and other hygiene supplies to keep them safe from the coronavirus.

It’s only through the generosity of others that this family and many more around the world will be able to receive the essentials they need to protect themselves and prevent more loss.

You can help meet those immediate needs by giving emergency coronavirus relief today.

When you give, your gift will bring hope during this pandemic and help provide necessities like food, clean water, hygiene kits, medical care, and more. You’ll also be helping to erase a projected budget shortfall caused by canceled fundraising events and making sure impoverished families worldwide continue to receive the help they need.

In countries like Nicaragua, Guatemala, Jordan, Zimbabwe, and many others, families like Gladys’ were already suffering under the weight of poverty. Now, they are struggling even more … every day is a fight to survive.

But YOU can help them win that fight. And when you give right now, you can make 2X the impact! That’s because World Help Board members have pledged to match your donation up to $300,000!

Every $8 you give multiplies to provide lifesaving aid for two people.

So the question is … how many people can you help rescue today?

Right now, people like Gladys are waiting for help to arrive. Without it, they have little hope that their families will make it through the pandemic.

You can be the help someone is praying for.

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