An Indiana woman who once received an inspiring letter from President Obama is now considering selling the message of hope to pull herself and her family out of tough times.
According to The Huffington Post, Destiny Mathis, a 26-year-old mother of three from Hobart, Ind. graduated at the top of her class in 2005 and later worked as a surgical technician.
She described herself as an avid supporter of Obama during his run for president in 2008.
“I campaigned for him hard,” Mathis told The Huffington Post. “I got the shirts made, the Barack the Vote shirts made. We’ve done a lot.”
But Mathis later endured rough times during the birth of her third child. After her son was born prematurely with health problems, she ended up losing her job. Distressed, she wrote a letter to Obama describing her struggles and requesting hope and encouragement in return.
“I am scrambling to figure out what the next few months will bring for my three children and me,” the letter said, according to the Post. “I can say the future for us looks EXTREMELY bleak and unpromising.” She added that her ultimate goal is to go back to school to study nursing.
Shortly thereafter, Obama sent a letter back to Mathis on White House stationery.
“You have such a positive spirit—please know that things will get better for you and your family. You inspire me, and I’m rooting for you!” Obama’s letter stated.
Now, nearly eight months after receiving the letter, she’s facing eviction from her apartment. According to The Northwest Indiana Times, Mathis ran out of government aid and is now trying to scrape together $834 to afford rent. She’s considering selling the note through memorabilia company “Moments in Time”. The business has sold similar letters in the past in addition to other pieces of American history.
The company’s president told Mathis that handwritten letters Obama on White House stationery are very rare and he is looking to sell her document for $11,000.
She explained that selling the letter is the last thing she wants to do, but she believes she has no choice.
“I have to do something to sustain for me and my children,” she told the Times. “I hope the president understands. I don’t want to sell it.”