Thelma needs help getting her car out of impound. They are willing to stop adding fees until Monday if she can pay the 1020 by then. She is short by $200. Please consider helping her as she won't have access to the bail money until the end of August. She starts a new job on August 12th and needs your help! With the bail money she will be able to relocate close to her new job. Thank you all for your support of this young lady and all she is trying to do :)
Just an update on the donations-I just found out why the fees taken out were so high--gofundme takes out 5% and WePay (it's like Paypal--gofundme send the money there first and they send it to the individual) charges 2.9% plus 30 cents per deposit. So it's a total of 7.9% plus 30 cents per deposit. The way it was written in the setup information it appeared that it was only 5% and that covered the 2.9% for WePay as well. So out of 2510.00 Thelma will receive 2295.00 after fees. I appreciate the service gofundme offers, but I find the fees are a little excessive. I want to be clear to all the donors where the money went and how much of it there is after the fees. Transparency is my priority especially since there are those that have accused me of using this campaign to make money for myself. I did not nor will I get a cent of anything raised here. Thanks again to all the donors Thelma appreciates and needs the help! You are all angels!
Thank you for your continued support of Thelma. She is facing an impound charge of $900 as of right now, it of course goes up every day as they charge her for storage. She greatly appreciates all of your help and wants to say God bless you to everyone who has and continues to help her.
It is with permission from Thelma that I am sharing the following:
Thelma's son was actually dropped off to her in the middle of her shift--the person watching him was called in to work and could not watch him any longer.
Upon hearing that her son was coming to her, she told her boss she had to leave work early. Her boss asked her to stay a few more minutes as it was the dinner rush. When her son was left in her car, Thelma brought a drink him a drink, but he was taking a nap. She went back in to get her things, and before she came back out, someone had called the police. The time frame that this happened in was (according to others that were there) less than 20 minutes. She did not bring her child to work with her, she did not leave him in the car for 2 and 1/2 hours as the media has reported. I am confident that Thelma will be found to be a competent parent. She is a very caring mother, who needs support.
Additionally, before anyone decides that she should have sent him to her ex in-laws or anyone from her ex's side of the family, maybe you want to look into where the father of this child was at the time this happened and why he was there. It will be very enlightening. Again, not sure why the media hasn't covered that as well, and I am not sure why this sweet little boy is in his custody at all. I am sure that Thelma will regain custody of her little boy once the facts of this case are proven in court. It would have been difficult to find someone to watch him on such short notice, even if she wanted to--the child was unexpectedly dropped off to her in Victor---and the people who say they would have watched him are in Rochester--it was a better option for her to just leave her shift early. Yes, she should have brought him in to work instead of leaving him asleep in the car, Thelma and everyone else knows this was a huge mistake--but it was one done out of desperation and she probably just didn't think to bring him in- she planned on leaving and not being there much longer--she was in the middle of a very busy shift and was being pressured to keep working even though she knew she had to get out of there. She left her job as soon as she was able. She is a very good employee- that is why TGIF's has held her job for her. She is a hard working person, not on welfare---let's try to cut her some slack, before condemning her.
Thelma actually has been working two jobs and doing it without health insurance because she didn't qualify for Medicaid and could not afford the premiums through her two jobs. This young lady has and is trying to be the best person and mother she can be and she does not need the community tearing her down and saying such terrible things about her. She did not leave her son in the car to go shopping for jewelry, she left him there for a very short time while she got her things together and left her job.
Please continue to send positive comments to Thelma through this page, she definitely needs them and deserves them!
Thelma is looking for an apartment in the suburbs, if anyone knows of an apartment that is affordable and available, please contact me through this site. Anyone who can donate to help her with the security deposit that would be greatly appreciated as well- of course she is going to first work on getting her car on the road.
Thelma has an excellent attorney (public defender) who is definitely working for her. If there is extra money that is donated, she will use to get her car back on the road and get back to work. Thank you everyone for your support of this young lady!
Thank you for your continued support of Thelma. She needs to pay the towing fee to get her car back and to pay the fine on her license and to pay for insurance (which is why her license was suspended in the first place). Even though she works TWO jobs, it is difficult to make ends meet--especially when gas to get to work is soo expensive. If anyone would like to contribute toward helping her with these expenses, she and I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you for all your support of Thelma!
I would also like to pass on that Thelma has been given visitation with her son. She won't receive the bail money until her court case is settled, so anyone who would like to donate to help her get her car on the road and her license back that would be great and I will certainly pass it directly on to her.
Thelma has been released on bail and is very grateful for the assistance of all the donors who helped her to regain her freedom. I appreciate all of you and your support of this cause and encourage you to continue to support this Mom as she strives to make a better life for herself and her son. We had a great time together today and after meeting her I am convinced it was the right move to help her. I have no doubt that she will take this opportunity and make the most of it. There is a lot more to this story than the media has covered and I am sure when it comes to light you will all be even happier that you have helped Thelma. If you would like to help her with getting a new apartment in the suburbs, please contact me- she would like to give her son the opportunity to have a better education and would like to move closer to work. Thanks again for your help--you are all angels to her and an answer to her prayers!
Just to be clear I will not receive the bail money as it will be paid in Thelma's name it will go to her after she settles her court case regarding the charges. This is by no means a way for me to make any money. All funds exceeding the bail money will be given to Thelma as well.
The money will be available in 2-5 business days. At the time that it is made available, I will take it to the jail to bail Thelma out. I am sure she appreciates your donations and I am happy that we will be able to get her back to work soon.
I would just like to make everyone aware that when we reach our goal, it will still be several days before the money will be accessible- this is a gofundme/wepay processing delay. All donations have to clear all funding sources and then they are deposited into an account I can withdraw the money from. I will let you know when that will be. It looks like it will take 3-4 business days. So likely Thursday or Friday.
The donation will NOT be made in my name as I did NOT donate any money for this cause. I will certainly list all those who want to be listed when the donation is made. No one has requested that their name be on the donation to the CCC, but if you would like it to be I can send a list to the CCC of those who donated with the amounts and they can provide you with a receipt. Because it is bail money, I cannot provide a receipt for tax purposes. When the bail money is released and sent to CCC, they will receive a check and will be able to provide receipts.
Thank you all for your messages, I appreciate all of your comments. The money will be used for her bail and will be put in her name as planned. Those of you who prefer not to have it put in her name I will donate your amount to the Child Care Council to give to a single parent who needs help paying for child care.
Let's be clear here- giving Thelma bail money is NOT comparable to giving her son back to her. It is our hope that she will return to work and comply with whatever requirements the judge gives her to be able to spend time with her son. Those decisions are not up to us--thank goodness! Losing a job is not going to help her, so let's get her back to work so she can work on strengthening her family.
It is understandable that there are those that disagree with the idea of helping Thelma, but this page is for those that agree that helping someone is better than harming someone. She was WORKING...she didn't leave him there to go to a bar or club, she was trying to support her family. Hateful comments will be deleted.
Thelma has been released on bail and is trying to come up with the $870 she needs to get her car out of the impound lot. It is unclear when she will receive the bail money but with daily storage fees, she may not even have enough bail money by the time she can pay the fee to get her car back.
Can we all now see why some people get so mired in debt?? How in the world is the car costing so much money? This is an outrage on top of her being in jail in the first place. This is akin to payday loans, extremely high loan interest rates, and scams on auto loans now being foisted on low income people. (See NYTimes, Sunday) . Hopefully a few of us can make some difference.
I think this young woman needs further help to get her car fixed and insured. How can she be expected to work w/ no transportation. Hopefully she'll get her life back on track and pass on the good will we've shared .
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