Support for College and the Pursuit of Knowledge

I do not come from money. I have always seen my father labor away until the ground fell beneath him, so i followed suit. My family has always taught through hard work we breed success, and through success we find financial stability. The stability to buy that new car, or that new house, or that new coat. But, in that lesson my dad taught me something valuable. The power of giving. My pop can vouch to say that after working his whole life, the only thing he can say for certain he owns is his own mind, and the undying love of the people he has connected himself to. I remember at one point we had to have had at least FIFTEEN kids running through his house. Crazy right? You see, my dad lived as a god fearing man, running the house as so, while doing his best to show gratitude and love to those who were unfortunate to have less, even when his house did not flow with abundance. Kids around town would flock to house for "family" meals because they all knew my dads wife was the best cook in town! Or at least I believe it was the love that filled the plates, rather than the food. No matter what he did as a blue collar worker, he would give you the shirt off his back, or quite literally a roof over your head just to make sure you knew you were loved. He already knew that if he could show these kids they had a place to go, they would grow up smart, and he could show them with abundance to always help others and spread positivity.
     That being said, blue collar work nowadays is nowhere near what it was in yesteryear. More financial opportunities pop up in the age old thing that humans do, as in building. Massive structures go up, followed by the wages, and unfortunately so do taxes, thus making you earn the exact same amount at a higher pay scale. The household would fluctuate between abundance, and lack there of, bringing happiness followed by struggle and strife. I made the decision to go to college well passed my teen years because I could not agree with the wages I earned or the paycheck to paycheck, all simply because of the fact that I was in the "uneducated few". Many of times I was passed for a job because the other person held a certificate of completion or a degree that trumped experience. My father and I both worked laborious jobs, toiling away until our bodies gave out, just to barely put food in our bellies, which sometimes is hard considering we had immense appetites! As our bodies slowly broke before us, and my dad would plea, "Use your head son" and "if i had half your mind, i would do so much better". So after my body gave way, my knees screamed, and my back crumpled, I finally took his advice and made the first intelligent step.
     I went to college. Not for me, but for those around me. For those that wanted to better themselves, because one rule of life says surround yourself with people you want to be like, and i was willing to go find the knowledge and share with the world. I want to continue my education, but coming from said background, college funds run tight, especially by yourself and odd jobs only pay so much. I still have SO far to go. Things are becoming challenging, especially with my vehicle situation. In the beginning of this year, the engine blew in the car that my dad let me borrow. It was an old car with many miles on it so it was to be expected, but it had the worst timing. Not only have I been at the mercy of my little brother, of whom my father "adopted" in his own right by the way, but it becomes troublesome when you add children in the mix. I have a seven year old that I get the privilege of having every weekend, and every other weekend during both of our school years to keep a steady schedule.
     With this tool I hope that I can use the money to better my education, provide security to my family with food and transportation, while paying back my father who raised me to be the smart, driven, and good hearted person I have come to know. My plan is raise the money as fast as possible, before end of this year, with the plan of giving most of it away to family and paying for further years of the pursuit of happiness. Please, with all the good that I am and will be, while while invoking the Law of Attraction, I request that the people of the world come together to help make this dream a reality, for everyone. Much gratitude and peace to all, and thank you.

 Joseph Cato

P.s. - Pop, thank you for having the courage in me so that I may conjure it up myself. You've helped me forever, with myself and my child, and I hope one day I can show you my undying gratitude.        ~Aloha Au Ia O'e~
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