Welsh Family Relief

My family has been hit with a financial crisis that's overwhelped us all. We've always been responsible by staying ahead of finances. We'd pay our bills ahead of schedule and pay them off early. One thing after another has taken place which is rapidly crippling us.

We just had to come up with almost $500 to turn our electricity back on after it was shut off for much of the day. Our vehicles are being neglected so badly without the means to maintain them regularly. Our family SUV has leaked all the transmission fluid out dry and won't run past 20mph. We've tried a budget plan that involved us keeping us out of collections by paying minimum amounts to most agencies while attacking the lowest bill to be rid of it. All the while always paying on time our core expenditures; such as the mortgage, car payment, insurance, utilities, phone bill. But we recently had to replace our gas oven, dryer and refrigerator.

I am a survivor of a cancerous tumor called pheochromocytoma that almost ended me, but I never backed off. Then, I suffered two ruptured discs in my lower back, but again I fought my way back to 100%. My wife Elisa laid her life on the line for her father by donating her kidney to him when he appeared to not have much time left. That was over 10 years ago and he is still standing strong with my wife's daily help & care. Today, I've been working as hard as I possibly can to maximize my take home pay. I have this thing we call "Welsh Pride" where it's known by anyone that's known me over the years that I never accept assistance from anyone, although I've always greatly appreciated the offer and proves the example of the amazing people that have surrounded us in support. I just don't know what else I can do to instantly loosen the burden that's preventing me to even keep the power on, vehicles running and water running. One thing about me, I never settle for less. I'm always trying to better the situation. This is no different. I know it sounds like I'm not a responsible person, especially with being here at this point, but I've been super responsible my whole life. If you know me, you know my moral compass and my work ethic well.

I've had some friends and family offer financial help, so I figured this is the best vessel for that. All I'm asking for is this, if you're able to spare $5 or $50 to a hardworking, loving family in financial despair; it would be the greatest gift and relief toward us. Whoever is able to help us in our dire time, I will continue to pay it forward and never forget your generosity. Please, if it's not too much to ask at this time; keep my wife Elisa, my two sons Ethan & Evan, and my father-in-law Ruben in your thoughts & prayers that we get back on our feet and lift our heads up high again. Thank you all so very much.
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Shane Welsh 
Joliet, IL

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