Hi gang. I know I rarely post on here. But I need some advice.
Background: I have been out of work since Oct. 27th with an injury. I found out yesterday that I am out for at least another 2 weeks so my doc can send me to a specialist and get a procedure done. I ran out of PTO a while ago. My job will not grant me short term disability (though they think I would qualify for long term disability if i am out for 90 days...) We have been living off of our savings and DH's pay from his PT job.
I just checked our work email. One of my co-workers, posted an email asking for monetary donations for me and DH for the holiday since I have been out so long and do not know exactly when I will return.
They are also adopting a family in our unit where one of my co-workers has faced a much more serious injury and will be out longer than I am. She has children. They are adopting that family to give monetary gifts, gifts for the children, and miles so she can fly back and forth for care.
Even though DH and I will be tight on funds, we will make it through. I feel like I would much rather have all donations go to the other family. How do I respectfully decline? Esp. since I HOPE to be back to work before the holidays (aiming for Dec. 15, depending on treatment from the specialist) , I will feel weird working and knowing my coworkers are donating money to me.
Or do I graciously accept and swallow my pride?
Thanks for listening.