Me and my family we recently lost everything in hurricane Sally the water from the hurricane destroyed practically everything our clothes, shoes, beds furniture, all destroyed the water came inside so fast it was impossible to stop it or stop the water from reaching the rooms. I thought I better get to a gas station to save my vehicle I’m going to need this car to keep my two daughters safe and so that’s what I did I literally lost my home and everything inside. We went from being a family that made it our business to help the homeless as much as we could with whatever we had, and we found ourselves needing the help of our community. We lived in my for days and days without food and or money because at the worst time my job somehow in error for almost 2 months had been sending my paychecks via direct deposit to the wrong card so when I went to go and try to get gas with the money I thought I had on my card for a rainy day imagine the frustration of being now homeless hungry, but now without a penny to be able to go look for help or feed my kids, this experience has truly brought me closer to God but also opened my eyes to realize there are still amazing people on Gods earth. Each day I woke up with nothing but something came over me that said don’t be afraid be fearless be encouraged this is only a test each morning I woke up knowing eventually a change would come a stranger put gas in my car, which allowed us to find places that gave out food so eventually I was able to feed my girls, I began calling agencies but for so long it was rough because every agency I called continued to say there’s not much help right now but I just couldn’t give up. Yes I had many nights alone after the girls were sleeping to myself to pace around the car over and over again some nites I walked and cried all nite but there were nites I told myself not tonite I’m alive I can turn around and touch my youngest in the back seat as she slept and only while she slept she’s 13 now and that’s her personal space! You know what I mean if you have a 13 year old and I can stare into my 15 yr old big beautiful eyes so I knew things could be so much worse, for me to have life and my kids everything began to make sense that life just has curve balls you have to be ready for those times. I keep thinking I wish I had been more equipped more prepared for this storm but most of us took the news report like it was a tropical storm in no way did most of us expect to lose everything, I thought we would sleep it out and life goes on tomorrow. In my wildest dreams I never could have seen us homeless in my car on the side of the road, in stores asking people for gas money a few bucks for a burger for my kids. I could have never imagined wearing a single outfit for more than 5 days until someone donated me a change of clothes or being so exhausted from sleeping in a hot car that I felt like things would never get better, finally a organization got us into a small local shelter for a couple of days because we only qualified for emergency help which only provides a couple of days. So I decided to do a go fund me to ask for help with money to find a place to move, also for the simple things that I just can’t afford like food, gas to drive to look for places to continue going to work regardless of them still as of right now have not paid me in over 2 months for clothing, shoes , prescriptions I know when you truly get down in life there are people with hearts ready to lend a helping hand. If you are reading my story and lost everything or lost things in hurricane Sally I pray my story helps to get you through the rough times previous and currently I really pray you find comfort and encouragement in knowing God is a prayer away, and help is a question away. I may have lost material things and a roof over my head but I’m reminded every single day I did not lose the most precious things of all my life and my children so our circumstances can change do not be ashamed to ask for help and absolutely do not give up.
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