I am in desperate need of financial help. I am the single mother of 2 children, I have a 7 year old boy and a 5 year old boy. Both boys will need to attend summer camp this year, for the very first time! God bless my mother, she has watched my children for me every other summer, but due to her declining health – she has cancer; she is unable to make the drive from her house to my house (we live in different cities) to watch my children this summer. My children and my mother are both understandably upset. My children just cannot comprehend why their grandmother will not be able to watch them over the summer. My children are scared and nervous at the thought of attending a summer camp. My mother feels horrible that she is unable to help me out any this summer. But there is nothing that can be done to change the fact that my children will have to attend a summer camp this year. The problem is that summer care programs are extremely expensive. A 12 week summer program for both children will cost at least $3,500.00 and that does not include the before care needed or the after care needed. Most summer camps are open from 8:30 am through 3:30 pm. I have to be at work for 8:00 am and l get off work at 4:30 pm so there is no way that I can get the kids to camp early enough so that I would not have to pay for before care nor can I get there before 3:30 pm so I would again have to pay for after care. The total cost for summer camp, before camp care and after camp care is $3,996.00. I cannot fathom having to pay nearly $4,000.00 for summer camp but I do not have any other options. I simply just cannot afford summer care, but at the same time I also cannot afford to get fired from my job either. I am at the end of my rope. I am barely making ends meet now. Not to mention I will have to buy school supplies soon and school uniforms and school lunches for both children. I don’t know what to do. I have cried many tears over the last few days dreading the fact that school will be out, very soon. I feel like I am fighting an uphill battle. I greatly appreciate anyone that reads my story and to anyone that can assist me. May god bless you.