Hello! We are the Davis Family of Manassas, VA! I am Sarah, my husband is Dustin, and our brilliant 4 year old daughter is MacKenzie.
To start explaining why we need to raise money I will explain our situation. We are living in one of the most expensive areas in the country and our only source of income is my husband's GI Bill he received after being honorably discharged from the army in 2008. He is using his GI Bill to go to school here and is ALMOST DONE!! So proud of him. He has done so well but because I cannot work due to physical issues we don't make a lot of money. The VA will only pay him for when he is in school so his summer, spring, fall, and winter breaks he receives no income. We only get paid once a month and when he has had breaks we have received as little as $700 for a whole MONTH.
All of that being said, we are moving to Michigan! We have two amazing and loving friends of ours helping us transition from expensive area and full-time school by letting us move in with them and who have a job lined up for my husband. The Grand Rapids area (Michigan in general too) is much cheaper than where we currently live and has a higher minimum wage. Our situation goes into more depth but I will not bore you with details. =P We don't have the money or the means to SAVE money to pay for the move. We don't know anyone with a truck/trailer and we cannot afford a moving company.
This move is such a big milestone for our future. We cannot afford to live in this area anymore and refuse to continue living the way we are. My husband has been working so hard to earn an education to make a better living and give us a better life. He was working full-time before he started school in 2010 but decided that if he doesn't start school now, he may never be able to. We talked and thought long and hard about it and decided he just needed to go for it and that we may suffer and may have some seriously troubled times but since he had the GI Bill available he just started. We were living with my parents at the time so it was his chance to start. Since then we have had to move 3 times because of unlucky living situations but have managed to make it through. Barely.
We move end of March/beginning of April and are panicking. We are trying to come up with things to sell to make the money to move, find odd jobs (to no avail), and anything else we can think of. We don't know what else to do. My never-stressed, always cool-headed husband is now extremely worried we may not be able to come up with the funds to move.
We thought that we could do it and have the means to do it but we don't. And it's hard to come to terms with that. Which is why we have ended up asking for help.
We are asking for help to get a moving truck! To move everything we have will cost $1,300-$1,600 if we use Penske or U-haul. And that doesn't include gas to get there which is a lot for a truck.
We are the type of people who never ask for help. We don't like burdening people and it is not a pride issue when it comes to accepting gifts of kindness. Sometimes we don't feel worthy which is a completely natural and common feeling when it comes to accepting gifts.
We are asking for the help of anyone who can see how great this opportunity is for us, or someone who can relate to our situation. We need to start over and begin the life my daughter and husband deserve. We never thought we would have a chance at that kind of life until we luckily met these two amazing people a few years ago.
With your help...we can start a new and very important chapter in our lives! Thank you for taking the time to read our plea for help. God Bless!