Hello all. I am a 38 year old single mother of one amazing 17 year old son who is graduating high school this year. In August of 2019, I found the strength to separate myself and my child from a long and abusive relationship. It was a big decision, as this man, with whom I was with for almost 10 years, provided the only income to our household. Until that day, I was a stay at home mother and only worked part time jobs or work from home jobs. I suddenly found myself without any work experience and getting turned down by every job that I applied for! I didn’t give up and finally landed a great job providing customer service to individuals that are a part of a certain cell network. I have thoroughly enjoyed my work, and found great satisfaction in talking with and helping people all over the country. I also started volunteering at a local nursing home, visiting with and offering hugs to our geriatric community and staff there. So needless to say, I found great happiness in my work, volunteering, and being a mother to a high school senior!
I live in a very small town in a rural area. It is very beautiful and I am blessed to be surrounded by gorgeous trees and lakes. Unfortunately, living in a rural area requires one to travel to find a decent paying job that will allow for career advancement. The job that I have is about 40 minutes from my home which definitely requires the use of a vehicle. There are no taxi services offered in my town, including Uber. Until January of this year, I had my own transportation and did not need to find alternate ways to get to work. As I said, I live in a very rural area. There are lots of different species of wildlife, including deer, feral hog, raccoon, opossum, bobcat, and many more. One night while driving home from a visit to my mothers, a (very big) buck decided to take a stroll across the highway in front of my car. This particular highway is very dark with no shoulders on either side, only loose gravel laid down to help keep the weeds down. To avoid hitting the deer, which would of most likely went through my windshield if I had hit it, I slowed and swerved left. When I did this my tires hit the loose gravel and my car was flung down the slope that the deer had topped before crossing in front of me. Naturally my car had slowed but was still rolling parallel to the highway until I hit a concrete culvert that was hidden by grass and weeds. At impact, my airbag deployed and the bottom of my front end was smashed in. The culvert was shallow, causing my vehicle to hit then kind of “jump” so that I ended up on the other side of it. I wasn’t far from home, so I decided to see if I could drive home, which seems outrageous, but after inspecting the car and listening to the engine, seemed doable. I made it home but the car was overheated when I pulled into my parking spot. The next day, I was able to inspect it closely, and of course the radiator was crushed, the hood wouldn’t close, and the drivers side window would not raise up on its own. I have had a couple of friends, who are mechanics, tell me that it can be fixed but will cost quite a bit. I was quoted $1500-$2000 which includes parts and labor. Since I own my vehicle, and I am just starting over, I do not have full coverage insurance.
Today I humbly ask for a helping hand. Up until now, I have been lucky enough to have a coworker give me a ride to and from work. But her and her family are to be moving at the end of March, this year. If I can not get my vehicle fixed, I will lose my job. The effects of that will include not being able to pay my bills, losing my apartment, and not being able to provide my son with his needs during his last year in high school. Out of those things, the thought of not being able to give my son a great last school year is the most terrifying. Please, I ask that you find it in your heart to help us. I also wish to ask that if you do decide to offer help, you consider donating to a very special place that means so much to my family and I. Please consider donating to Shriners Hospitals for Children. This wonderful hospital provided the best care imaginable to my little brother when we were both children. He was very sick and this amazing place took him in and got him healthy. My father was laid off from work and my parents were struggling financially, but were never asked about their financial situation, never asked for their insurance information, and never saw a bill. This hospital is a place of angels. For more information on Shriners Hospitals for Children, please go to https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc. At the top of the page in bold lettering, you will find the DONATE button. I ask that you please take a few minutes to learn more about this hospital and all of the amazing things that happen there.
Thank you for your time and God Bless You and Your Family.