There have been a few donations since met our goal, just wanted to update that all leftover money will go to pay utility bills that are delinquent. Those donations are allowing us to start with a blank slate and we can't thank everyone enough! >j
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)
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.
Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far! We can't express how much it means to have such amazing people in our life. Thanks also to everyone who has shared this with your friends, and who is keeping us in your prayers/thoughts. We'll make it if you believe.
Hello friends & strangers, my name is Cyndi. I've fallen into an incredible bind and I'm in desperate need of help.
Here's the situation:
I'm 8 months pregnant, I have two kids, 5 & 3, plus my husband and his son, 11. We have fallen behind in our mortgage due to several things: I babysit for a living and was without that income for a couple months & playing catchup from that put us even further behind. My husband works full time, 50+ hours a week, but it just hasn't been enough.
We are $2200 behind in our mortgage, our eviction court date is tomorrow morning at 9 AM, at which point we will be given a week or less to vacate our home of 5 years. We have nowhere to go, and found out just this morning that my husbands wages are being garnished for a bill that we thought had already been paid. That garnishment is another $1500. We either pay that off before next week (when I assume the garnishment will start) or they will begin to garnish 60% of his wages. He was working two jobs all last year to pay for this garnishment, and when they stopped taking it for two weeks we assumed they had taken all their money and he left the second job to be home more with the family. We had not received any notification that they had not finished the garnishment, and now that they're doing it over at his new job they are taking the FULL amount again.
We need help. The local charity agencies around here are going to take one look at how much money my husband makes (pretax) not account for all of our bills and turn us away, but I'm going to try anyway.
If you can find it in your hearts to help us out, please, please do. At the very least we need all the prayers, positive vibes and thoughts as we can get. I wouldn't even ask for help if I weren't completely out of options and desperate to keep my kids from having to experience this.
All our love in advance for your kindness.
I know it's not much but I can only imagine what you are going through. As another Child of the Fence; we are together, we fall together. It's amazing to see how Coheed has done what they did it really goes to show the love of their fans and their devotion to us all. Stay strong and always remember we are all here for you and any other COTF that needs help. All the best to you and your family!
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