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.