At the beginning of 2018, I was laid off of my full-time job due to budget cutbacks. I've applied for job after job since, unable to get a callback, let alone an interview. It's not that I've been offered jobs and turned them down; I haven't received one callback. I have over 20 years experience in design and art direction. What I've discovered is that companies are now hiring kids right out of school and paying them a fraction of what they would pay someone with my experience. This has been very soul-crushing.
I have been doing contract work to get some money coming in but my latest job (my best client) ended in October and I've been unable to fill that void. My t-shirt design company is slowly picking up but has not reached the point of providing a sustainable income to support us. Our son has medical needs that require monthly doctor visits and medications. My wife suffers from fibromyalgia and is unable to work full-time. She has her own small business and works from home, designing and making a variety of items, like jewelry, perfume and clothing, but that hasn't provided enough stable income as of yet.
At this point, today, I am three months behind on my mortgage, medical insurance and every other bill, with no end in sight. And it's only going to get worse. Without medical insurance, we would not be able to afford the monthly office visits, nor the multiple medications my wife, my son and myself need every month. The stress, anxiety and depression caused by the thought of losing everything we’ve worked so hard for over the past 20 years is unbearable. I can’t eat, I sleep 3 hours a night and I’ve pretty much reached the end of my rope. This plea for help is really a last ditch effort and it crushes me to have to do it.
The money that I am asking for today will help us keep food on our table, keep our electricity on, put gas in our car and help us buy the medications we need until we are able to sell our house. We are also selling any items of value to get out of this debt, but that takes time and we are out of time. The reality is no donation is too small. If only 2,000 people donated $5 each, we’d meet our goal. Any amount you can donate would be appreciated more than you will ever know.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and we thank you for any donation you’re able to contribute. And, if you have any work for me, please let me know. You can also go to my website, infernalimagery.com , to purchase shirts, totes, mugs and patches, or visit my wife's website, therubyofthewest.com , to purchase amazing jewelry, costumes, accessories and perfumes. This will also help us out.