Marianna's Transmission Fundraiser

I am Marianna Shearer, an 84 year old retired teacher who is in desperate need of $1,500 to replace the transmission in my car, a 2001 Ford Focus, which I have affectionately dubbed my “Silver Bullet."  

I live by myself in Woodland, California and have no family to help me. My only income comes from Social Security and a small pension.  Government food stamps help me stretch my budget. 

Frequently, I help other elderly people who are on fixed incomes and more physically challenged than I am. Friends appreciate rides just to get out of their apartments and have a change of environment. I sometimes use my car to run errands for someone who really can't get out. I have given people free rides for medical appointments or emergencies.
 
Although I scrape together enough to pay for liability insurance, gas, and can handle small repairs by careful budgeting, coming up with $1,500 for a transmission all at once, is impossible for me.  I've tried to get a loan or go to a place that will allow me to pay on time but with no success. 

Walking even a block hurts too much so I need a car.  I follow my doctor's advice to continue to exercise by walking the store aisles, holding on to a shopping cart for support. I am in fairly good health but simply cannot walk without difficulty. 

If I live long enough I will eventually need to stop driving, but not yet. I have no vision problems and am mentally alert.  I belong to a writing group and hope to teach creative writing to seniors in the fall.  I want to get my artwork back on track and possibly sell some of my pictures. I need a car for these things. 

I have worked very hard in my life and most of it was good but I can no longer work at a regular job, as most of those available would require standing or walking.  I do work for a small amount of money by editing the writing of one of my fellow writers. I don't want this terrible feeling of not being able to pay for something as important as a car repair to happen again, which is the main reason I am determined to find more editing work.

I would be grateful if you could help me out this one time!  I have always paid my own way so it isn't easy to ask.  There's still life in the old car and, as a matter of fact, in me as well!  Please be an important part of getting us both on the road again! Thank you in advance. 

Sincerely, 

Marianna Shearer

Donations

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  • Kristine Mietzner 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
  • Mary Jane Ryan 
    • $1,000 
    • 43 mos
  • Rosa Soy 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
  • joan heinze 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
  • William Nathan 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
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Organizer

Marianna Shearer 
Organizer
Woodland, CA
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