Barley helps with building materials

Editor’s Note: The Barley MacTavish Fund welcomes letters from Midland County residents about themselves or others, explaining why they need help and what they have tried to do for solve their problems. Write Barley, c/o Midland Area Community Foundation, 76 Ashman Circle, Midland, MI 48640 or call (989) 839-9661. Be sure to include a daytime phone number and email address. The names of the candidates are never published.

There is no real Barley MacTavish. This fund was started by an anonymous donor and continues with private financial support, as well as donations from area residents during the holiday season. The project was undertaken to help make Midland a better place to live. The letters addressed to Barley are not from actual candidates, but represent typical requests.

Dear Barley,

My uncle has been my hero since childhood. When my father left and left the family, my mother’s older brother stepped in to help us. He was a role model for my little brother and me. Unfortunately, my uncle and I are the only remaining family members.

He still lives in the house where he and his wife lived. Her mobility has decreased and is dependent on a wheelchair at home. This is the problem. He wants to be more independent by going out and shopping. He needs a ramp to do it.

I priced the materials needed and found the store with the cheapest prices. Please see the quote included. I can handle the construction of the ramp, but not the cost of the materials. I want to give back to this awesome guy. Hope you can help.

Dear friend,

It is obvious that you respect and love your uncle. He continues to be your role model. I appreciate you finding the most profitable store and am happy to send a check in your name for these items. Best wishes.

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