Today I am doing something I never imagined I would be doing. I’m asking for help. For hope. For kindness. Today I’m asking complete strangers to help me where my family cannot. I’m asking you to help me keep my promise I made to my Grandfather 2 years ago which was to take care of my Grandmother. I come from a very unstable family. I have never met my father and my mother was a drug addict. I was blessed to be raised by my two grandparents who were separated but always came together to make sure my siblings and I were taken care of. Money was always a struggle for them after raising three kids of their own and then taking in four grandchildren to raise. They always put us first. My Grandfather passed away when I was 16. He was my best friend. He taught me so much about love and about life. Because of him I know that love is greater than anything. Real love can make the coldest heart warm. Real love is when you would give up everything for another person and that’s the love I have for my Grandmother. She is not doing well and needs to be taken care of. My two older brothers live 3 hours away and my sister lives 2 hours away. I am the only one here that can take care of her. The only thing is that all of it adds up and cost money. Medicines, doctors appointments, at home care, all of it. I’m only 18 and I work so much trying to take care of her and put myself through school. School is expensive. Books are expensive. Access codes are expensive. It’s hard, it’s been hard. My brothers and sister help when they can but it’s hard for them my sister is a single parent and doesn’t have much left at the end of every month to help and my brothers give a little every month but it still isn’t enough. I know I’m young and it sucks having all this responsibility but I feel like the least I can do is take care of the woman who gave up so much to raise me and take care of me for the past 18 years. My grandmother is one of the most selfless, kindhearted, and most giving woman I have ever met. She represents everything that strength stands for. Some of you may read this and say it’s just like every other story you’ve heard and some of you may read this and understand the pain I feel watching the woman who has always been so strong and independent have to depend on help for everything. I just want to be able to be the one to help her but I cannot do that without you. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my story. I will be forever grateful for any amount you are able to give.