Gov shutdown help for Jones family

$10,101 of $4,000 goal

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We are experiencing the longest shutdown in the USA's history. As a single-income family of 4, with another on the way soon, we are out of financial options. Scott is an early-career biologist with the United States Geological Survey, and has been furloughed since before Christmas, leaving Kelly (35 weeks pregnant), Vi (3), and Elem (18 months) in the lurch. 

This shutdown is especially hard for our family for several reasons. The first, we moved to California from Louisiana less than 6 months ago for this job. We spent the little savings we had to get here, as no moving expenses were provided (early-career non-permanent positions in science rarely provide moving expenses). Second, we have our third child coming in mid-February, scant few weeks away. We have insurance during the shutdown (we think?), but there will be some expense for the birth. Last, like many of our generation, we have student debt that burdens our incomes even with the government open. This shutdown has hit us at our most vulnerable time as a family.

We are asking for financial assistance to get through this nightmare and keep a roof over our heads and the lights on. We have spent all of our resources and have come to the point where we ask for help. As good Midwesterners by birth, this is hard for us to do, but things change when children and unborn babes are involved. To be frank and open, we currently have $50 in our savings account and $150 in our checking account; this is a low point in our finances during our 6 years of marriage as we budget diligently.

Our next bill cycle looks like this:
$1,700 for rent
$1,100 for student loan payments
$1,000 for credit card we've been using for the shutdown so far
$100 gas/electric bill
$100 for food (we've been overjoyed to have received food/money for food donations so are able to put food on the table for the next few weeks)

In total, that leaves us with a shortfall (and our goal) of $4,000. We should be able to get through this week, but then things go south, and quickly. We would be humbled by your support.

If you feel so moved, you could also call your representatives (especially Senators) and ask that they resolve this, or at least pass budgets for pieces of the government that have nothing to do with border security. We are so grateful for the support we've already received; the silver-lining in this shutdown is that it has renewed our hope in the goodness of everyday folks.

-Scott, Kelly, Vi, Elem, and Baby Jones
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are closing this down so that others can be helped that are in need. We are still reeling from the generosity shown here. And we appreciate the levity by several commenters!

The fundraiser should still be visible to y'all. Feel free to reach out with any questions. Much love to you all.
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Hi everyone,

We are so humbled by your support in the last 24 hours. We are frankly shocked by our community's generosity. While we obviously would choose different circumstances for ourselves, this has been an eye-opening reminder that we cannot walk this life alone. We really can't wait for the day we can pay this forward.

This campaign has met our immediate needs. With the additional funds, we will pay forward student loans and prepare for a possible future shutdown (this government shutdown is the third from last year).

We will leave our campaign open for now as we've been made aware that this gives people who feel so moved an opportunity to give. We do encourage you to search for other government shutdown stories and help those whose immediate needs have not been met as ours have (for example:

Thank you again, and we'd love to catch up or have you pay us a visit if you're ever in Davis.

All our love,
The Joneses
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Y'all. We can't fathom the generosity we just witnessed. We're astounded beyond words. It is such a relief to know that, no matter when the shutdown is resolved, we will be able to make it through the next round of bills. We are so humbled. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We won't forget your generosity and are so looking forward to the days ahead when we can pay this kindness forward.

We didn't think we'd have to think about this, but any extra funds we receive that we don't need for the listed bills will be used in this order:
1. car seat for the upcoming baby (we have 2 currently)
2. an emergency fund ($1,000) to pay for birth-related costs not covered by insurance
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