Like many, Covid-19 has severely impacted my small business. 90% of my sales are made at live events, pop-up and vendor markets. As a result of the lockdown I went 7 months without being able to attend a market. While I tried for weeks to be approved for unemployment, I was deemed ineligible for any type of assistance, including food stamps. I also stopped receiving child support from my first husband during this time, which put an even bigger hole in my finances.
This put quite a heavy burden on me, one that sadly, I have not been able to carry on my own,despite my best efforts at working 3 side jobs, and continuing to look for full time employment(I have applied for over 200 jobs since January!) I have been unable to make ends meet.
At this point I am dealing with shut off notices for my utilities, as well as repossession of my vehicle, which is mere months from being paid off.
I am devastated, ashamed, and humbly asking for help, as I have exhausted my efforts, and atthis point I won’t make it to the other side of this without some help.
Those that know me personally know that I am usually the first one in line to offer a helping hand, and not so good at reaching out for help for myself. I have tried promotions and flash sales to increase my business income, online vendor markets, and have even begun doing in person events again, but the hole was already so great, that these efforts have been almost meaningless.
I am asking for help, whether through donations or even purchases of my hand crafted products. If you are unable to donate, I ask that youshare this fundraiser. Any funds raised will
immediately be used to pay toward the past due electric, water, and car payments, as well asgrocery expenses.
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