Help Lily & Ryan Move

Hi, we're Lillian Cohen-Moore and Ryan Macklin! We're madly in love, and we've been a long distance couple for several years. We've finally figured out a way to live in the same place! This is great for our relationship, and becoming domestic partners means we can both have health insurance! It also helps Lily more easily find a job in Seattle by actually living here, rather than living two hours away. 

There's one problem, though. We've got a place lined up to rent, and we need to move fast to get it. Unfortunately, a number of unforeseen troubles have evaporated the money we've been saving for the move: problems with previous roommates, massive unexpected auto repairs, medical expenses, and a vet bill from when Ryan's cat was mauled. 

We're putting out a hopeful plea to you fine folks to help us out of this jam. We both have incomes (Ryan has a day job), but the money we've earned through freelance work won't arrive for at least a few weeks. We just need short term help past this situation. 

We'll use the money to make the deposit & rent on our new home; get ahead on the recent medical & vet bills; and pay off the $850 auto repair bill. If the total donations get over $2500, that money will go toward us living expenses and getting established in our new life together. 

We know this is a big request and your help means a lot to us, so we have a plan to pay it forward: 

For every donation we get, once we're on our feet (around summer), we'll start donating a regular portion of our income to charities*, including other people in similar binds. And we'll donate at least 25% of what we raise.**

As we mentioned earlier, we're both freelancer writers and editors, and Ryan has a day job, so we're able to get money. The problem is thatand other freelancers out there know this problem well"”the money will come when it does, not necessarily when we need it most. We hope you'll consider helping us now, and get as much satisfaction as we will to pay that generosity forward. 

Thank you for your consideration, 

- Lily & Ryan

* Our default charity is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, though we'll also help individuals in need, and we're happy to take suggestions from donors.

** Since we both work in games, we need to say this for the rules lawyers out there: we'll cap the additional amount to $1000. Which we're saying just in case. ;)
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