FINAL update! Forgive me as I type this through a shield of the happiest tears to ever fall from my face. We are FULLY funded, something I never expected to happen. And now, I'd like to tell you a story.
A little over 10 years ago I fell in love with a band. Simple enough a thing to do, but something that proved to change my life in so many positive ways, including saving my family from the literal pits of despair. That band is Coheed and Cambria. Fast forward to two years ago, I found out that Coheed was playing a show in Birmingham and bought my first ever Coheed concert tickets. The show was amazing, it took everything I knew about Coheed to a whole new level, and after the show I got to meet the band for the first time. That experience, realizing that this band of guys cared enough about their fans to come out and meet us all (the 25 or so not bothered by stalking a tour bus at 1 am in downtown Birmingham, AL), that is the experience that shaped a huge change in my life.
The next day I joined twitter, and low and behold I found literally thousands of people just like me, head over heels for this band, or as some would say...completely obsessed! I learned things I never knew, pieces of the concept I had missed, songs I never knew about, side projects that now stand in my top 5 favorite bands/artists, but more importantly I learned about the fans. Finding the Children of The Fence (COTF), all of you incredible people, rocked my world! I was (and am still) immediately passionate about this widespread group of COTF, and quickly found as many as I could to fill my Facebook and twitter feeds. I made amazing friends, people who care for each other, look out for one another, and who all share a fiery passion for Coheed and Cambria. I spent a year co-moderating a fanbase created by fans, finding ways to give my all to everyone sharing in this passion, because we are all the same, we have one love and that love burns brighter than Star IV. I moved on from that and am currently staff at Cobalt & Calcium (the official Coheed fanbase), I get the pleasure of welcoming all the new members, fans old and new alike. If this is the dream, I'm living it, and these dreams have made me real.
Before I ramble myself into oblivion let me make my point. In this desperate time of need, all of these things have changed my life again. Without Coheed and Cambria, without the COTF (and some very special local friends) I wouldn't be able to say that WE ARE KEEPING OUR HOME, PAYING OFF THE WAGE GARNISHMENT!!! If I live for another hundred years, I will spend them doing exactly what I have been, telling everyone about this band, this community, showing my support in everything they do not only as a band, but as individuals as well. They deserve it because of the people they are, kind thoughtful and caring, selfless and giving. For seeing a family and need and saving our lives, our gratitude is deep and Neverending.
So finally, to my local friends, the entire COTF community, and the entire Coheed family (members staff and management) THANK YOU! Each and every one of you had our backs and believed that we could make it, AND WE DID!
"This heart is everlasting, pushing forward, never crashing."
All of our love to you,
The Crouch family
Cyndi & Larry
Mariah Amory (due July 23rd)
We are all One Among The Fence
So officially here is where we stand: we are receiving a loan from a very kind person to pay for the garnishment, as soon as that is received it will be deducted from this overall total. As far as the mortgage arrears go, we have until July 2nd to come up with as much of $1900 as we can to completely avoid court and not lose the house. Thank you again to everyone for helping & continuing to share this page. >j
Update: so far we've received just over $400 in donations through this site and Paypal, I called my landlord/mortgage broker this morning and explained how much we had raised and he agreed to postpone the court date until July to give us more time to raise the money. That in itself is a miracle, and we wouldn't have been able to get that offer without everyone's help! In a million years we will never be able to properly express just how much each and every one of you has touched our lives. 24 hours ago I thought that life as we knew it was over, but now we have hope, true hope that we can keep our home and be free of these financial burdens. I will continue to update this page as the situation changes. Much love from the Crouch family; Cyndi, Larry, Nick, Silas, Lyzzie and unborn Mariah.