Please help save my house

$2,530 of $2,400 goal

Raised by 49 people in 4 months
Michelle Smith McLaughlin  HAMPDEN, ME
UPDATE:  My mortgage is almost caught up.  I can't thank you all enough.  I'm only 1 month behind now.  Any donations received after this will continue to go toward catching up on my mortgage.  Any donations after that will go toward helping to pay for my son's medication.  We're looking at another couple of months paying for it out of pocket.  Best wishes to all of you.  I can't begin to tell you how humbled and thankful I am for all of the support. 
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I'm really scared right now.   I'm on the verge of losing my house.  There were some unavoidable expenses that came up this year that wiped out my bank account.  My mortgage is 2 months past due, and if I don't pay it before February 24, the bank will start foreclosure proceedings. I'm so close to paying it, but I need another month or two to catch up.  I just need to get one month caught up on my mortgage and I can breathe a little.  I've been on the verge of a panic attack for the past week.  I need your help.  I'm desperate enough to put all this personal information out here.

I started this GoFundMe to at first stock up Suncatcher Craft Eyes for the holiday season.  The details are explained in my videos here on GoFundMe.  While that was going on, I was also dealing with some family issues that wiped out my bank account. 

My best friend moved back home because she was in a bad situation.   She and her kids stayed with me for half a year until she was back on her feet.   Plus I've been paying for my son's medication out of pocket for the last 7-8 months or so.  It is about $600 a month, but hopefully it will be covered soon (and then I'll definitely be able to catch up on my bills!).  Both of these things were not something I could say no to.   My son's medication helps him so much, and I can't see him go without it.  And I couldn't let my friend stay in the situation she was in.

At this point I don't know what to do.  I've been in contact with the bank, and there's nothing they can do.  I've maxed out my credit cards trying to get caught up.  I have no family that can help.  Most of my older family members passed away, and the ones living are living paycheck to paycheck themselves.  Both of my sons are disabled.  My business (Suncatcher Craft Eyes and Ebay/Etsy) is still doing well, but not good enough to get out of this hole.   But this is a temporary situation.  Once I get my mortgage caught up, it'll be fine. 

I won't say Suncatcher Craft Eyes will close if this Go Fund Me campaign isn't successful, but it will be a real struggle.  My business has stuck it out, supporting my family for the past 10 years.  Once I am over this hurdle, I know that the future is bright for Suncatcher Craft Eyes, and hopefully I can provide my craft eyes to you for a very long time to come.

Everyone has struggles, I know that.  If I wasn't desperate, I wouldn't put this out there for the world to see.  But I am desperate.  I want to keep my house and land.  I want to keep raising chickens and growing a garden to provide food for my friends and family. 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my GoFundMe page. 

THANK YOU GIFTS:

$5 - A personal thank you note from me and your name (and business link) added to the thank you page on my website.

$10 - 5 Pair of custom Suncatcher Craft Eyes of your choice plus a personal thank you note from me and your name added to the thank you page on my website with your business link.

$25 - 10 Pair of custom Suncatcher Craft Eyes of your choice (shop.suncatchereyes.com) plus a personal thank you note from me and your name added to the thank you page on my website with your business link.

$50 - 20 Pair of Suncatcher Craft Eyes of your choice plus a personal thank you note from me and your name added to the thank you page on my website with your business link.

$100 - A 60-pair pack of custom Suncatcher Craft Eyes of your choice plus a personal thank you note from me and your name added to the thank you page on my website with your business link.

$150 - Ongoing online business support for up to 1 month.  Let me help you improve and grow your online craft business.  I will offer my critique and suggestions to help you improve your online craft business including social media, packaging, product photos, customer service, increasing sales, and answering your questions.  Plus a personal thank you note and your name (and business link) on my website.

Thanks again for taking the time to check out this GoFundMe campaign.   Once I'm back on my feet financially, I promise to help people even more. 

Michelle McLaughlin
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Update 14
Posted by Michelle Smith McLaughlin
13 days ago
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UPDATE: My mortgage is almost caught up. I can't thank you all enough. I'm only 1 month behind now. Any donations received after this will continue to go toward catching up on my mortgage. Any donations after that will go toward helping to pay for my son's medication. We're looking at another couple of months paying for it out of pocket. Best wishes to all of you. I can't begin to tell you how humbled and thankful I am for all of the support.
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Update 13
Posted by Michelle Smith McLaughlin
28 days ago
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Thanks to all of you, the goal has been met and my house is safe! I'm heading to the bank this morning. I'm feeling such relief this morning. I actually slept all night without a nightmare! Such a burden has been lifted. I can't tell you what a blessing this is to my family.
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Update 12
Posted by Michelle Smith McLaughlin
3 months ago
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Thank you so much for your support! Happy Holidays!
Thank you!
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Update 11
Posted by Michelle Smith McLaughlin
3 months ago
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Halfway to goal! Thank you to everyone who has donated. Thank-you gifts are shipping this week and next. Your kindness and support means so much and has helped a great deal in staying stocked so that everyone's order can be filled on time. Happy Holidays! <3
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$2,530 of $2,400 goal

Raised by 49 people in 4 months
Created November 1, 2016
Michelle Smith McLaughlin  
SF
$20
Sam Fall
13 days ago
$100
Anonymous
21 days ago
LS
$10
Lindsey Strippelhoff
27 days ago
WW
$1,000
Winifred Weng
28 days ago(Offline Donation)
1
1
$5
Anonymous
29 days ago
$30
Melissa Cervone
29 days ago

I hope things get better for you.

$25
Anonymous
29 days ago
$25
Anonymous
29 days ago
$5
Anonymous
29 days ago
LH
$5
Lisa H
29 days ago
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