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Help to Hang On a Little Longer

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I am a State Employee and the mother of an incredible teenager with Special Needs.  For the last 3 years I have not gotten my contracted raises due to actions by the previous governor.  The new governor is supposedly going to follow the courts decision and pay the raises, but I don't know how long that will take.  I am owed around $7200 in back pay, am behind on my daughter's lunch account, and I can't afford the tassel and shirt she wants for her 8th grade graduation. 

Luckily the school found a gown that fits her from last year so she will at least have that, but she has had so much trouble getting this far in school.  She survived brain cancer (ependymoma) at age 3 but was left with issues due to the surgeries and radiation to remove it.  Thanks to her Special Needs teachers she has made a lot of progress, but after another student tried to stab her with a pencil last year she refused to go to school, and the school and I had to teach her school was a safe place so she would attend again.  She fights anxiety every day but has been going and getting A's.  It's a miracle that they say she will graduate 8th grade this year after all that.

Since I am behind on her lunch account she can't have breakfast at school and she gets nauseous if she eats before the car ride so she has been missing out in the mornings, plus she can't participate in some activities at school until it is paid up.  Also, since I'm not the best cook in the world (I can make scrambled eggs and SOS pretty well, but most else is iffy lol) the hot lunches at school give her some variety and fill her up better than a sandwich from home.

It would be amazing if I could at least reach the low goal I have set and get her caught up and get her the graduation items she wants.  It would make our lives a lot brighter and easier to have 1 less thing to worry about.  Any extra will go toward future school things and catching up in general.  And maybe a sketch pad.  She is phenomenal at art!  :)

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Wow, I never expected such a wonderful response! I am terrible at asking for help because of embarrassment and anxiety, but I'm glad someone suggested I do this (Thanks Rich: You Rock!). I was able to get a check to my daughter's school on time for her to get her graduation stuff and she is so excited! And she won't have to worry about breakfast or being banned from field trips anymore! I will also be able to stop using the grace period for my mortgage and get back on track with bills! Thanks so much to everyone. This reminds me how there are truly some wonderful, caring, and amazing people in this world. This should keep me on track until I get the steps I was promised in my contract. I will definitely pay this forward when everything is settled.
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