A Heartfelt Gift

With nowhere else to turn, a young family struggling with massive medical bills due to their severely ill 3-month-old baby found solace at the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.

Their child was born with a heart defect that required open heart surgery and, although they had health insurance, they had already racked up $9,000 in medical bills. They also had several related costs, including a very expensive baby formula prescribed by their doctor.

So on a cold and snowy winter night, the couple visited the Food Pantry for the first time and were overwhelmed with what happened next. Not only did they receive their special formula free of charge, but they were shocked to pick up other much-needed supplies, including diapers and, of course, food for themselves. But the most important gift that night was the kindness and relief the Food Pantry provided.

As the family left, food and formula in hand, the mother turned back and said, “You will never know how your generosity has helped to balance our pain.”

The Food Pantry staff later learned the child’s surgery was a complete success.