When Natasha Conzater began falling behind on her monthly power bill, she began to worry.
Conzater’s youngest daughter has asthma and depends on a nebulizer to help her breathe.
The past few years have been something of an uphill battle for the mother of six boys and three girls. First, Conzater lost her job as a primary care aide, then she went through a traumatic experience with the death of her mother.
In that time she has been unable to find work in the health care industry — something Conzater enjoyed. “I felt like it was what I should be doing — helping people,” she says.
Even though Conzater says she has been paying what she could of her monthly bills, the family’s overall debt has started to add up.
“I started getting behind right after summertime,” she says.
And with colder weather on the way, Conzater began to worry. A friend told her about the Woodyard Fund so she decided to give it a try.
After just one call, Conzater had an appointment within a few days.
“They were very polite, very helpful,” she said. “It’s a blessing because it was more than I had.”
Through the Woodyard Fund, Conzater was able to pay $300 toward her November and December power bill.
Despite her life’s struggles, Conzater tries to remain positive. She would like to go back to school to finish a program she started in medical billing coding, she says, but knows she needs to work on her household finances first.
In the meantime, she is thankful for the Woodyard Fund and those that continue to support it.
“They helped me in a way that it gave me a chance to catch up and be able to give that chance to my kids.”
How to give help: Donations can be mailed to the Woodyard Fund, c/o The State, P.O. Box 1333, Columbia SC 29202. Make checks payable to the Woodyard Fund. All donations are tax-deductible.
How to get help: Area residents who need assistance with heating bills can call for an appointment at (803) 462-5093.
WOODYARD FUND CONTRIBUTIONS
For the week ending Jan. 4
Richard D. Goewey, $5,000
Barbara B. Boyd, $200
Barbara A. Berry, $100
Ruth R. Yoch, $50
Mrs. Kenneth M. May, $500
In memory of Jose A. Pacheco, $30
Barbara and Aubrey, in loving memory of our parents, $50
Sid and Henrietta Locke, $100
Dorothy and Selden Smith, $100
Dr. and Mrs. Philips Levin, $100
The employees of CDM Smith, $275
Henry T. Warren Jr., $200
Thomasene T. Edmonds, $200
In memory of those who died in Newtown, Conn., $100
In memory of Marcia T. Duffy, $100
Carolyn Williamson, $100
Amy E. Shell, $100
Kimberly Watts, $25
Becky Falls, $25
Sandra M. Ruff, $50
Dean H. Kress, $200
Miley & Associates Inc., $100
In memory of Al Barton, $250
Steve and Jan Hawley, $1,000
In memory of Carl E. and Ruth E. Davis, $200
Gerald F. Smith, $250
The Aerobics/Pilates with Dot Classes at the Capital Senior Center, $100
Kathy Adams, $50
Shirley and Everette Ness, iIn honor of Carolyn and Lewis Cromer, $25
Suzanne B. Thomas, $100
J.E. Lawrence, $25
Carol M. Lawson, $100
James T. Dillard, $10
Kerry G. Stubbs, $100
Louis A. Parent, $100
Dr. Anne L. Matthews, in memory of Dr. Charlie Sloan, $200
Emily White, in memory of Lamar White, $100
Lester W. Johnson Jr., $100
The Abdalla family, $50
Marie Thomas, $100
In loving memory of Rhett Lawrence Whiteside, $100
Barnyard Worship Service, $500
With sincere sorrow and remembrance for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, $26
Terry L. Goldring, $200
Robert Hager, $50
Mary W. Hoskins, $100
Bobby Lorick, $200
Petersen Presbyterian Church, $200
Charles Gardner, $50
In memory of Katherine Abrams, $100
Carol A. Krebs, $50
Caroline and Frank Ellerbe, $200
In memory of Dr. Raymond Elam, DVM, $100
Rosamond Kent Sprague, $250
In honor of Bethel ARP Congregation, $100
Martin C. Grubbs, $25
Lee C. Siple, $100
Phelps H. Bultman, $25
In honor ot the employees of the Scott Law Firm, $1,000
TOTAL THIS WEEK $14,896
TOTAL TO DATE $75,277
Reach Lucas at (803) 771-8657.