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November 27, 2008

A story for Thanksgiving

From CNN:

Jerrye Lail's heart attack took her by surprise, but when overwhelming medical bills forced her and her husband, Dan, to ask for help from the Salvation Army, that was a real stunner.

 "It was more surprising to us that we had to ask for help," said Dan Lail. "It's not easy to go someplace and not start crying -- because you get very emotional."

The situation posed an odd turnabout, said 65-year-old Jerrye Lail, because she'd been donating hundreds of dollars to the Salvation Army every holiday season for years.

The December 2007 heart attack piled on to another health crisis that began five years earlier. A neurological disorder forced her to retire from her job as a warehouse administrator in 2002, she said.

When the Salvation Army stepped in to help this year, it "was an answer to a prayer," she said this month at the couple's home outside Atlanta in Loganville. "They paid three months of our mortgage payments, which allowed us to catch up on medical bills."