In the midst of what will surely be additional updates on Joshua’s condition, we wanted to mention the following. The Casteel Family’s financial burdens have significantly increased since Joshua’s diagnosis. As friends of Joshua and his family we are asking those who feel led to consider making a financial gift to help cover their bills so they can focus on caring for Joshua. By way of rough example, $25 contributes to the fresh organic produce necessary to help Joshua keep a healthy juice diet; $100 covers a hotel room for Joshua’s weekly visits to Chicago to teach his class at Columbia College. A donation in any amount would help defray the mounting medical bills not covered by insurance.
Many of you are already contributing with your time and prayers, and we are all beyond grateful. This site is also equipped with a link to sign up to bring a meal, along with a Google Group link where you can sign up to receive emails detailing specific ways to help dispatch other concerns. But especially for those loved-ones who are not physically present, this site is equipped with a link to make a donation using PayPal if you’d like to join with us in giving financially.
Donations can also be mailed directly to Kristi at:
285 34th Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Thank you so much for your support in any and all forms. It is a joy to be a part of such a loving group of people.
Joseph Clair and Chad Nicholson
If you would like to join the mailing list Joshua’s family uses to request help on errands, and other practical services, please click on the “GoogleGroups” link above. You will be prompted to send an email requesting to be added to the mailing list.
*** A quick word of update (December 29, 2011) ***
The Casteels have received much tangible love and support from you all in the last few weeks, and for that we are extremely grateful. The needs remain great, but it has been so encouraging to see such sacrificial giving from so many of you. Thank you so much for your generosity!
In response to some questions we have received: All of the donated funds are deposited into a separate account bearing a tax ID for the Joshua Casteel Benefit Account. However, it is impossible to register that entity as a tax-exempt organization, meaning donations are not tax-deductible to the party donating. They are still received by the Casteels as a tax-free gift.
Thank you again!
Joseph and Chad