Barley McTavish helps with brake pads

Editor’s note: The Barley MacTavish Fund accepts letters from Midland County residents about themselves or other people, explaining why they need help and what they have tried to do about their problems. Write to Barley, care of the Midland Area Community Foundation, 76 Ashman Circle, Midland, MI 48640 or call 989-839-9661. Be sure to include a daytime telephone number and email address. Names of applicants are never published.

There is no real Barley MacTavish. This fund was established by an anonymous donor and is being continued with private financial support, plus donations from area residents during the holiday season. The project has been undertaken to help make Midland a little better place to live. Letters to Barley are not from actual applicants, but do represent typical requests.

Dear Barley,

I am a single mom raising two children. My oldest is in the fifth grade this year. My mother is able to supervise her after school. My younger child is physically disabled and is in a special program. She is bussed to and from her school.

Finally, I am now able to hold down a full time job because of my mom’s support and with both girls in school. I drive 45 minutes one way. My car works fine, but needs new brake pads. I don’t have that kind of money.

We live on my salary. I don’t get any child support and I cannot keep borrowing money from my mother. But I don’t want to drive an unsafe car. Could you help me out with brake pads?

dear friend,

I will be sending a check to an auto repair service for the installation of new brake pads for your car. You are so wise not to commute in a car with faulty ones. How wonderful for you and your children to have your mom in your lives. Best wishes to all of you.

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