Substitute Teacher Needs Vehicle

Hi, my name is Kathryn and I'm fundraising for my sister because I know she has difficulty asking for help. (Even though she desperately needs it right now) Her very old van with more than 154k miles on it is on its last legs. She needs a "new" one before this one breaks down irreparably.

As a substitute teacher vs full-time, she makes no money during school vacations, so any monthly savings have to go towards summer, spring, and winter breaks when there is no paycheck. She's been breaking even but has nothing left over to save for another van.

To make things worse, medical issues are forcing retirement at the end of the school year. Though she's a breast cancer survivor, some complications will necessitate further surgeries. She doesn't yet know what, if anything, the retirement benefit as a sub will bring in.

In addition, the computer shared by her and her daughter is a Windows8 that doesn't have enough of "whatever needed" to upgrade to Windows10, let alone Windows11. She's never had a brand new computer, only hand-me-downs from me; but I don't have a reasonable hand-me-down to give her at present. With my business contacts, I can get her a brand new one that will fill all their needs for a number of years for $500 - a good one vs a cheapie.

As she has an adult daughter with Spina Bifida, she needs a van large enough to transport her daughter's power-assist wheelchair. I hope to raise enough to buy her a new-to-her vehicle or make a sizable downpayment on one, preferring something with under 50,000 miles.

Please help as you can. Anything will help and be very appreciated!

Update 19 Feb 2023: The less expensive goal has been reached, so the computer has been purchased. Adult daughter will now have the capability to get some online income. Now on to the major goal of saving a down payment for another vehicle. We also solicit prayers that the old one lasts until the goal is reached.

Update 2 Jul 2023: Thank you to everyone who participated. The prayers have been answered in a different way than expected. Sister had to medically retire. While figuring out Social Security and pension, she was able to re-visit receiving Survivor benefit from her deceased ex, which had previously said she'd get nothing. Turns out SS used an out of date formula and she WILL get the ex's higher SS so she will be able to continue to add to savings for down payment on another car. So, this fundraiser is officially closed.

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Kathryn Bassett
Fontana, CA

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