Dorothy Bass said she learned a painful lesson this year.
When you buy a money order, make it out to the recipient immediately. Don't think you can wait.
She purchased one to pay her rent at the Central Park Towers and left it sitting on a table in her apartment. People were in and out. She had friends over to play cards.
Later, when she went to look for the money order, it was gone.
The 60-year-old widow was panicked. The rent was due. She told the building manager about her dilemma and was referred to Heartland Family Service.
“The manager here helped me a lot,” Bass said.
Family Service, in turn, sent her to The World-Herald's Goodfellows charity, which provides one-time emergency assistance for needy people in the community. Goodfellows paid the $306 rent, leaving Bass happy and grateful.
Bass relies on Social Security payments to get by. She hasn't worked since she was injured in a drive-by shooting at a family gathering in 2008.
“I wasn't walking for months,” she said.
Before that, however, “I worked many jobs.”
She says that she's back on track after the help. She recently was baptized at Power House Church and plans to move to Mississippi to live with one of her three daughters.
In the meantime, she said, “I'm filling out the money order in the store now.”