Dear Mr. Steiner:

The landslide brought complete devastation to my family.  Due to stress and mental depression, we divorced -- lost job, income, home and security.

I was suicidal and now I'm in bankruptcy.

Anything I can do to help, I will.

Thank you.

Your old neighbor,

Ms. (Name witheld to keep the City of Anaheim from harassing her.)


[Editor's Note:  When I first read this hand written letter, I was deeply saddened at the sight of her signature. Somehow it is not so tragic when it happens to a man.  We are supposed to face the fates, to enter the battle, to suffer the wounds.  Not the women.

Not the women.

My eyes watered when I came upon her offer: "Anything I can do to help, I will."

She offered to help me.  Me, who has his family.  Me, who has his job.  Me, who once again has security.

Dear neighbor, I only hope that I can help you!]