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Single Mom Sells Letter from President Obama to Help Make Ends Meet

By Meredith Carroll |

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Destiny wrote to President Obama last fall

Someone fortunate enough to receive a rare, handwritten letter from the President of the United States would seem most likely to frame the letter and keep it in the family so it can become a treasured heirloom for generations to come.

That’s probably what Destiny Mathis wanted to do. But instead she’s selling a letter she got from President Obama.

Destiny, 26, a single mother of three from Indiana, wrote to Obama and asked for “a sign of hope in touch economic times.” Hope was what she got when she received a letter in return. But it’s those same tough economic times that have forced her to put the letter up for sale on an auction website. She’s due to be evicted in just weeks.

Destiny graduated from the top of her class and went on to work as a surgical technician. But she lost her job following a complicated pregnancy, and wrote to the president, saying, “I am so afraid this dreaded economy is going to have my family homeless,” she wrote, according to NBC5 in Chicago.

“Please know that things will get better for you and your family,” President Obama responded.

The asking price for the letter is $11,000. It is the ninth such letter the auction website has put up for sale.

There’s not much about this story that isn’t sad, except for that when a woman asked for hope, she got at least a little something in return. While everyone who has lost a job because of tough personal and career times deserves sympathy, my heart particularly goes out to this woman who did everything she could to further herself, and then it was a series of circumstances beyond her control that lead her to the position that she’s in.

Here’s hoping she gets the asking price for this letter, and that the president will send her another one afterward.

Image: NBC Chicago

Personal Perspective: Losing my job made me feel like a failure as a father.

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Single Mom Sells Letter from President Obama to Help Make Ends Meet

  1. Bryan Kansas says:

    OK, so how would one contact Destiny to send her some funds to help her. I am very glad Mr Obama has helped her so much. He has helped so many Americans thus far. I would be willing to help this unfortunate lady w advice and cash. Anyone have ideas??

    Bryan T. Kansas, MD
    Austin TX

  2. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Bryan — That’s really nice of you. You might trying to contact the NBC affiliate that aired a piece on her in their newscast.

  3. Bryan Kansas says:

    Will do, thx. As a Physician and American tired of the junk this admin keeps feeding the public. Appreciate your time


  4. Heather says:

    Um, I’d say she’s getting the hope (and money in her economic tough time) she asked for by selling that letter! Hello!

  5. Katy says:

    Wow is that real..? My son got 2 letters from MR. Obama should I save the letters? Or sell?

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