My name is Stas Wronka.
My Friend, Maria Jordan is in dire need. A person of the golden heart, model Christian, always thinking about others not herself, starving herself to be able to feed and take care of her dog. My words cannot convey the true image of her desperate situation.
Please read her letter:
" My situation seems to have reached the peak of troubles now, although it also has a history of many events happening throughout
last few years. And I will try to go back in time to explain the severe incidents that occurred and determined the status of my life now.
It actually started, believe me or not, with a sudden change of all aspects of my life caused by my divorce a several years ago. All of a sudden, there was no purpose, plans even dreams that brought us both to this continent, and which were unfolding and fulfilled better or worse yet consistently in the years before. There was being left behind in the fullest meaning of that expression, in a severe Canadian Winter, with a distance of 75 KM from my work place, and in the darkest hours of my soul hit by a deep depression. Looking back, I think, that mainly a presence of my two dogs left as the only inheritance from my marriage, has saved me at that time making me moving forward because I cared for these animals.
Following months and soon growing into years would not stop to surprise me with events that would literally steal from me not only all strength to live but in a very practical way so download my financial situation that I soon found myself at the edge of survival. Events like broken cars, frozen for weeks houses, getting weak and sick caused by the ongoing stress and malnutrition, long sicknesses and death of my dogs, one after another, losing jobs, have become my common and repetitive experiences. My misery only deepened any time when I was trying to understand "Why " and to desperately find a way out of particular situations. Never in my life before and not even in my keenest dreams I was so helpless and also so alone in that! However, I am a fighter in my nature, so as much as I could I never gave up.
I never stopped finding a next job, when the previous one has been taken away from me. I never seized at least to try to invest into my past skills, talents and dreams in order to build a new meaning and purpose for my life and future. But most of times, I have been limping through my days, trying to pay the bills, burring myself into next debt, and simply losing in my human physical and emotional capacity, so that my life has become almost unbearable. To make it only worse my mother, back in Poland whom I could not see for eleven years, has become very sick ( Parkinson's) in the last three years. The fear of losing her being stuck here without chance to move, has become my daily companion, only pushed aside for the moments of faith in the impossible.
As a matter of fact, while I am writing this letter now, my mother is in hospital taken by a sudden worsening of her condition through pneumonia caught five days ago. So, even if there weren't for other aspects of my current troubles, the dramatic situation with my mom only would have made me crying for help in order to organize as quick as possible the trip to Poland.
The thought of leaving Canada for good was occurring to me often in the recent two years, then despite of my hard and long trying I could not find or develop a creative and satisfying enough opportunities for my future in this country.
Following that consideration, I actually wanted to leave Canada even for a several months, before beginning of the last Winter.
And here also I have been struck again with a new challenges that prevented me from travel. One of them my car being broken at the end of Summer with a financial demand for repair on $1300 CAD). And this not having available right away and also not having a chance to go to work regularly without my own vehicle ( I am living currently 45KM from town), it has taken me quite a time until the end of October when I could pay that repair.
In November things seemed to be going slowly forward until the Holiday break for two weeks at the end of December. I am working as a substitute teacher, so I am not paid for any holidays.
After that time, there was one trouble after another stopping me from having work, thus any financial supply. There were many days of extreme colds ( about -43), then tons of snow in between blocking the roads, there were several times of failure of the water system in my rented house, until finally my car broke again, this time the old battery died for good with no means by me for a new one ( $ 220 CAD).
All the combined events of the last two months have left me in more financial struggle than ever before.
Beside the need for food and gas money ( to go to work) there are a few bills that I am behind with. One is the telephone bill that if not paid on the next Wed, March 14th ( $140 CAD) cancels my service which I need to have a work. Another one is payment for two cords of firewood ($275 CAD each), one that I need literally within next three days and a previous one brought to me about three weeks ago which I could not pay for back then.
And there is a huge electric bill ( Winter causes them to be big because of need for electric support down in the basement).
My travel to Poland would include not only cost of the flight but also before that a trip to Vancouver, BC in order to apply for a new Passport as my temporary one expired about 1.5 years ago. Unfortunately applying for a new passport can be done only in person in Polish Embassy in Vancouver. The personal finger prints needed for documents cannot be taken and verified by any Canadian institution.
At the end of this letter I will include the list of financial expenses that I am facing right now. It will name all of them if the situation should be resolved complete, however the most important for now is a short time to survive here until having organized the travel to Poland and cover for the necessities of this too.
At this moment, I will stop to describe more of these facts and instead go into my kindest plead for consideration given to a possibility to help me in my matter. I don't know if I should find a good reason why my request could be treated with a positive response. I will leave this to the person who will read it and count on a heartfelt imagination to put him/her in my shoes based on a few scarce facts that I described above.
If helped in any way, I can promise to pay it back in the future, or if this accepted by my benefactor, through providing for another person in need. And here I believe that my deep and painful experience in the matter, will give me a good instinct to chose the right person for my help.
Here is the list of the mentioned expenses :
- Flight to Europe: range of $ 1[phone redacted]
-Flight to Vancouver for the Passport: around $ 770 ( depend on day and ever fluctuating prices):
-New passport: $275 + $35 for a temporary one while waiting about 6 weeks for the actual one.
- Five boxes of books + two boxes with other stuff were estimated on: $ 6.817.83 with an estimated date for shipping on May 25, 2018
If I will be forced to leave the big part of this load behind ( books), the price for shipping only the two important containers is: $ 1795.00
My car battery buy+installation was priced by the Canadian Tire shop on: $ 222.59
Concluding, I think, there is a place to try to find a good reason why my request could be treated with a positive response. I will leave this to a person who will read it and count on a heartfelt use of imagination to put him/her in my shoes based on a few scarce facts of my recent history that I described above.
If helped in any way, I can promise to pay it back in the future, if this accepted by my benefactor, through providing for someone in need. And here I believe that my deep and painful experience in the matter, will give me a good instinct to chose the right person for my help.
I very much appreciate your time taken to read this letter and will be waiting in hope for your kind consideration for my request.
Please, help Maria in any way you can: by a gift, a loan, reposting of this plea for aid, a good thought or a prayer!
Anything is greatly appreciated.
All the best to you,
- Monika Switaj-Milczarek
- Darek Odija
- Grażyna Wolszczak
- Wojciech Adamczyk
- Katarzyna Stolarska
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