Linda Worth says thank you

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 31, 2011

To everyone who has helped keep Linda Worth and her family stay in their home, she’d like to say, “Thank you.”
There’s just one problem.
“‘Thank you’ is not enough,” Worth said today when she came by the Post to give us an update on her financial situation.
On Friday, it looked dire. Worth had been informed that if she didn’t get her natural gas turned back on by the end of this week, she would lose the federal rental assistance that allows her to live in her South Craig Street home. And that would mean that not only Worth, but her quadriplegic son Eric and niece Iman would be forced out.
She just didn’t have the money to pay the bills.
But the community stepped up in a big way. Rowan Helping Ministries and the Salvation Army had already pledged help, and a parade of Good Samaritans knocked on Worth’s door over the weekend. Others went straight to the gas company today.
Now, she not only has the money to get her gas bill caught up and the heat turned back on, her other bills have been paid as well.
That means Worth and her family are going into the holiday season knowing they’ll still have a home, and a warm one. And that’s a lot to be thankful for.
“I cannot believe the goodness of the people in this town,” Worth said today. “I just didn’t know.”
Read more in Tuesday’s Salisbury Post.