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Single father in Hamden receives heartwarming support from strangers in hard times

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HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A single father in Hamden received heartwarming support this week after he posted on Facebook asking for food and supplies for his 3-year-old daughter.

The post quickly took off as strangers from across the state — and even the country — reached out to lend a helping hand.

Michael Carey has been out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with a daughter take care of, things have been tough.

He said he was doing Uber Eats, but his car got two flat tires and his insurance lapsed so he could no longer work.

“I’ve been going to the food pantry but they only give so much and so I posted a status on Facebook asking for help,” Carey explained.

He was reluctant to post for help but said he is grateful to the sweet strangers who have been sending him packages of food, clothes and supplies to help get through the difficult time.

Carey told News 8, “I’ve got packages coming from Illinois, New Hampshire, Maine. I mean I don’t even know these people they are just offering help…I feel horrible taking this but I have a 3-year-old, and I have to do what is best for her.”

Carey received over 200 comments within minutes of the post and said he is grateful for the help.

Carey said he has a message for other families experiencing a rough time during this tumultuous year: “Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I was embarrassed to ask for help. I was ashamed to do it. I felt like a failure because I couldn’t take care of my 3-year-old, but, at the same time, with all of these helping hands, ask for help. It’s all I can say.”

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