Help Erin Get Home

Hi there, I’m Erin. I’ve fallen on very hard times and need to move from Missouri to Oregon very quickly but I don’t have a car that can get me there. I am asking for donations to a fund for a reliable vehicle that can tow a small trailer of belongings. Im embarrassed and ashamed to do this but after losing my job due to severe PTSD and BPD I can no longer afford even the most basic living expenses. My power and heat have already been shut off. So I’m moving to Oregon, where my best friends have created a home for me that is healthy, loving, stable, fulfilling, and safe. But I need help getting there. Donations will be used solely to buy a cheap, reliable, 4WD used vehicle that can tow a small trailer from Missouri to Oregon and get me around once I’m there

A little backstory:

2 years ago I laid down for a 3 hour nap and woke up to find my best friend (who was my roomie) had relapsed, overdosed on heroin, and passed away on our balcony. Because I couldn’t afford a two bedroom apartment on my own I was forced to pay a very large sum of money to break our lease and move to my dads house in Columbia, Missouri in an effort to recover mentally and financially.  Unfortunately 6 months later my dad was diagnosed with dementia and moved away to live with his brother, who can take care of him as the dementia progresses. Suddenly I found myself alone again, in a town I didn’t want to be in, battling daily flashbacks to trying to bring my best friend back to life, with the chance to rebuild my bank account and mental health having been ripped out from underneath me. 

Ive been struggling mentally, physically, and financially ever since. I’ve been living a life that is dull, lonely, hopeless, discouraging, depressing, and going nowhere. My one saving grace, the ONLY thing that kept me here, was my job and the incredibly kind and understanding people I worked with and for. Until last week when I was let go from that job. Now that that job is gone there is nothing left for me in Missouri but painful memories. So it’s time, way past time, for me to leave the Midwest and all the pain it holds behind, and start putting my all into building a life I love and am proud of. 

My Best friends live in Oregon and are ready to help me create that life.  They have already cultivated an environment that is secure, supportive, healthy, and loving. All I have to do is find a way to get my stuff, my dog and cat, and myself halfway across the country.  Problem is, my old car couldn’t make it that far by itself, much less with a trailer in tow. It is very old and has numerous mechanical problems that prevent it from being able to go all the way from Missouri to Oregon. So before I can start a new and better life I have to buy a vehicle that can get me there. 

Enter the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee I found It is the perfect solution to my transportation problem. It’s 13 years old but in great condition. It’s reliable, it has decently low mileage, its 4WD so it can handle the snowy mountains, it can tow a trailer, and it’s super cheap for an suv in good condition. It costs $5,000 and I only have $210 of that. I don’t qualify for a loan because of poor credit so my only option is to scrape together $5,000 and pay it all at once. This has proved to be an overwhelmingly difficult task so I’m now turning to all of you for help.  

I am asking for donations toward that $5,000 so I can buy the vehicle that will take me to the new life that I am fighting tooth and nail to attain.  Even if you’re only willing and/or able to donate a few bucks, it will make a huge difference. I know that $5,000 is an enormous amount to hope for, but I’m desperate and have to give it a shot. I MUST start building a life worth living instead of just surviving the sad little life I’m stuck in. I have just under a month until I runout of money completely. My last couple paychecks will be used up completely on getting out of my current lease and paying for one last month of utilities, and then I will be leaving. One way or another. 

Please. Please consider donating to my car fund. Even if it’s just a few bucks.  I don’t want to just survive anymore, I want to actually live. Live a life that’s happy and productive and peaceful and full. And this Jeep can take me there. 

Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this very long plea for help, regardless of whether or not you donate. I know it’s a lot, I’m just lost and out of options. Anyways, here’s to high hopes,  new beginnings, growing roots in the Wild West, and figuring out what “home” really means  ❤️


  • Lucy Hillenbrand 
    • $18 
    • 6 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 10 d


Erin Wilson 
Columbia, MO
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