To both Alexainie and Meg Barclay,
albert l gerber
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Albert, I’m probably in the minority here, but although I disapprove of some of her methods and certain behaviors rubbed me the wrong way, I still believe she needed help. I think maybe she thought she needed to be a certain type of needy and exaggerated the truth to seem more that way, but I don’t think she has much to get by on. Rebuilding after addiction is incredibly difficult and those trying to overcome are often judged by their past mistakes. Even if you manage to get a little job and a partner to offer a little support, what is coming in is often not substantial enough to maintain, much less rebuild.

I know this from personal experience. It has been over six years for me and only recently have I earned enough to support my kids on my own. Before this past 6 months or so, my mother literally had to supplement my paycheck by 200 dollars a month in order for the kids and me to pay basic food, clothing, transportation, and shelter costs. And I have an undergrad college degree and half a graduate one!

This is my long way of saying I think you did an incredibly kind thing and I am hopeful that Jennifer will use that money to help to get back on her feet.