Brother Can You Spare A Dime
I'm not sure if anyone will care enough to hear my story but I am going to tell it now.
My small family and myself have been through so much in these last 20 years I feel I should write a book, but I know my story is so like so many others, and my book, my story is told everyday of my life.
Since 2006 I have lost all my family except my only child, my daughter and my now 2 year old grand daughter. Most all my old friends have left this world and recent volunteering at local Homeless and Food Ministries somehow hasnt brought me any true friends, the few I know today are so busy in their own lives and struggles, only acquaintances to me.
I took an early retirement from US Social Security in 1996 after working 25 plus years in retail to live with and care for my mother and father then in their mid 70's and in poor health. While doing this any saving's they had were soon extinguished leaving us in debt while I did all I could to care for them and painfully to bury them both.
My family now gone, this left me on my own with no home and no shoulder to lean on, everything I had once worked for and had known in this life, gone. My daughter and I then in 2006 lived in my car and assorted motels until Social Security funds, small jobs while she was at school and life allowed me to save enough to rent a small rural home.
Fast forward to today and my daughter is one class away from an Associates Degree, with all Financial Aid used and wondering how to take the next step in achieving her goals.
These last 8 months when I thought we couldnt face anymore dead end roads, any travels we once made suddenly stopped. My once trusty 2000 Blazer which took us to school, to work, to church and to get food and medical and all that life requires has died on us.
A local mechanic tells me that gas that most likely wasnt just right has caused the entire fuel injector system to become faulty and needs replaced.
In the driveway of my rented home sits a vehicle that is going on 17 years old and with $900. in repairs required.
Along with this my daughter has finally left what became a truly shaky relationship with a man whose sudden and absolutely horrific demeanor had reached the top, with over 3 years of increasingly emotional and verbal abuse.
These years have left her with many problems in life to face financially, emotionally and more.
Never any drugs, never any drinking life has brought her unwarranted actions of abuse and hatred ruining what she thought she once had.
With what she has bared I often think we are lucky she made it out alive.
A child was born from this relationship a most beautiful and inquisitive little girl, my only grand daughter.
As trivial as it might seem to some we are left with no vehicle to provide a means to care for ourselves, and for months now.
This has caused a lost of employment where in the rural area we reside, all work is at least 8 miles or more from our home. We have spoke to many at churches, neighbors, the local mechanics who wont allow payments to be made for repairs, wont even consider doing repairs unless all cost is paid immediately. We see only smiles telling us things will get better.
We have spent these last 8 months throwing away and selling via weekly yard sales what little we have in preparation we had hoped, to move from this place we can no longer comfortably afford. The biggest road block in our lives today is that with our new baby and the cost in living, of rent and utilities which requires all of our financial resources every month there is nothing left to fix what is broken.
We are asking the Universe via the world wide web and asking our Almighty Creator to help to provide us with the means to either fix or to sell my now broke down used vehicle and find something else, and start life again.
I want to say this is not my entire story. Many big, and small mistakes and reaching out to others who in the past have brought us their lives, their needs has now left us in a situation today I once thought impossible.
The many life struggles seen here on gofundme include a photo of those telling their story but we have no cell phone and havent for years. No modern device to take photographs of us. I am including a favorite of mine which to me is a part of the beauty of this world a sea of sunny faces bringing us all hope.
Many Prayers and Thanks for us all and for anyone who can help.
I am here to thank Sherry Bart who left a comment!!
For the life of me, my daughter and I cant see how to directly reply to comments made?? So I am placing it here!
Thank you so much for the thoughts and kind words Sherry!
This has all been quite a struggle. Many cant seem to see how it is when you know no one and do not have any family. I've just recently spoke to a few churches near to us and they repeat.....Well if you can get a ride....Maybe a neighbor can give you a ride?
This is our struggle!! We have virtually no neighbors in this rural area and no one to ask for a ride.
I may have some help from a local church taking me to town next Monday to look for a used vehicle. But the donations and the months of saving leave us with only enough to buy something cheap. I pray we dont end up with another break down.... But there is hope in our hearts that something will come about before winter hits.
Sherry, as far as clothing we are pretty well prepared! I mention in my gofundme story that I once and recently did volunteer at local homeless etc ministries.... Well while there we worked for and were donated enough clothes and needs for our baby and us to last a while!!
So I would hate to bother you with postage to send things.
We can go to the local quick stop for some of what we need, but convenience store prices are outrageous and they dont have much in the way of good foods.... We will get by.
Nothing seems to be working for now and as the months pass I can save for a car.....
Truly is sad that we are in such a way. But I am determined to do what I can now and in the future so that I am never left in this way hopefully ever again.
Prayers will be answered, Thank you all....Rebekah, Laura and lil Katie...
I have spent the last 3 days (again) calling every local Housekeeping and Cleaning Service for employment , I heard many chuckles from the few whom had positions open and I told I had no transportation and asked if it were possible to be driven to the job by some sort of car pool.... I truly have tried and for months now to find work to buy a used vehicle or to afford the repairs, nothing is working.
Hello Sister, I just received this email and I wanted to let you know that I will be donating next week on payday. Also, I have other things I could send out to you if you're interested, such as brand new clothing and some baby items if it is needed. Please, just let me know. I will also keep you and your beautiful daughter and granddaughter in my prayers. YAHBLESS...Sherry