This in not the normal kind of news and opinion that you will find on The Incontiguous Brick, however it is a story that got to me and I am going to share it.
The other day, while watching TV news, I saw a story about Larry Haubner. Known to his friend as “Curly”, Larry is 105 years old. Larry is in ridiculously good condition for his age. In fact, I called my wife in the room as Larry was doing “walker lifts” over his head and asked how old she thought he was. She guessed around 80.
Larry lives quite happily in Greenfield Assisted Living of Fredericksburg. He makes about $1000 a month from social security. The remaining monthly bills, totaling $3,500 a month, are paid out of a managed savings account.
It was a great plan until Larry managed to beat the odds and live past his 105th birthday. Now Larry’s savings is gone and he is likely to be forced out of his home at Greenfield.
Larry’s friends have organized a fund for Larry with a website for to manage donations. They hope to collect enough money from personal donations to keep Larry in his present home for at least 2 more years. Larry has been kept in the dark about his financial crisis.
Larry has no family to help offset the cost.
Instead of throwing away money on a political campaign or paying to see “Sicko” (I hear its a good one but I haven’t seen it yet) I think I will throw a couple of dollars Larry’s way. At least I know I am helping out a guy in a tangible way rather than just lining a pocket.
Go to SaveLarry.org if you want to help an old guy out.