Patches of Light is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to families with children facing catastrophic health issues. We have been providing grocery cards, gas cards, rent/mortgage assistance and more to families through children's hospitals across America for 20 years. The largest percentage of our donations come from schools, churches, businesses, etc. In other words a large part of our fundraising comes from people we work face-to-face with and they work face-to-face raising funds. We have had several events cancelled due to the coronavirus restrictions and several put on hold. However, as I was unfortunately anticipating, the requests for assistance have already risen and we are at a zero intake of funds. After I saw our governor here in Ohio place restrictions on restaurants, schools, churches, daycares, and more, I went back through our last 25 assistance requests and was not surprised to find that out of those 25, 16 were service workers or unemployed. Families with sick children already struggling to make ends meet, many already losing their jobs to home confinement for the safety of their child, and families trying to maintain two homes: one at the hospital with their child and one with their family at their actual residence. Many families depend on organizations such as ours to provide food, gas, and emotional support most of which is in jeopardy due to the strict, very isolating, restrictions and guidelines. It is necessary for the safety of our nation, however it is a detriment to those who are unable to leave home with an immune deficient/medically fragile child and stand in line for their free lunch. It is a detriment to families that need to now order their food through an online source due to the hoarding of items their child needs to maintain life. It is a hardship not only for the families, but the medical professionals that depend so strongly on our support to assist the families coming to them in dire straits and immediate need. In 20 years of service to families with sick children we have never had to do an online campaign asking for assistance to keep us going during a crisis such as this. We have been called upon in many crisis situations to help families who have lost their homes in a tornado, been displaced due to flooding, had to move due to bed bugs, mold, and other situations that are life-threatening to their child. Having a medically fragile child already places a family in crisis no matter the situations surrounding them. We work across America and see different crisis arise far and wide. Fortunately, most of the time the crisis is located in one specific area and we are able to help provide assistance in that area alone. This crisis is nationwide and the requests for help are coming in nationwide. We are being asked for a variety of different requests and a larger amount due to the longer range of containment and scarcities of resources. We deal directly with social workers, hospital professionals, and hospice to make sure each case is a verified need. We work directly with the social workers to make sure the assistance arrives and is used accordingly. We pay for the rent, past due utilities, etc., ourselves so that the funds we receive from our supporters is going to what it was donated for. We are 100% volunteer, there is no paid staff, and we do this out of love for these families. I am happy to provide references if making a large donation, as well as inviting you to our website, FB Page, and our documentation on the AG Charity website. Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you are a family we have assisted please share our GoFundMe with others so that we can continue the work we are so blessed to do. GoFundMe has taken away the fee and has lowered the percent to 1.9% so that almost all of the funds donated will go to help the families referred to us. Stay safe, stay well, and think of these words from my favorite quote: “Dare to reach your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.” Norman Rice Thank you!!