Hello. I am a mother to four and a grandmother to three. The past few years have been hard, but we have managed to push through. I have a part time job and provide rides for my youngest two children to and from school, to and from after school activities, as well as to and from work. Their father works a second shift job so isn’t able to help out in the afternoon and evening hours. At the beginning of November, when getting ready to leave work to pick up the kids from school, my car decided it didn’t want to start. After several phone calls and texts I was finally able to get a ride home for my girls and myself. This car was purchased a year ago after my previous vehicle of 13 years had a head gasket break. This car was a 2006 and had over 200,000 miles, but managed to get us from point a to b as needed. After paying nearly $100 to have the vehicle towed, it was discovered the timing belt had broke and due to the kind of motor, the damage is severe. It will cost more than the car is worth to try to replace the motor, and I just don’t have the money for that. I also can’t afford another vehicle, especially with the prices being so outrageous at this time. We live literally paycheck to paycheck. My husband works hard to support us but it’s hard to get the bare necessities much less to afford another vehicle. He has been driving a jeep which has started dying in the middle of the road and has at least one almost completely flat tire daily. Sadly, this jeep also has what is referred to as the death wobble and you never know when it’s going to start acting up. We can’t drive this vehicle out of town, and it’s so dangerous for our girls to ride in daily. He is scared for me to drive it because I’m not used to its quirks so he has been taking the girls to school. He sleeps less than 5 hours just to get up and take them to school and me to work. We have been taking it day by day on finding rides home because he is at work when work and school are over. We live in a small town so don’t have the luxuries of ubers or grocery delivery. I don’t have ways to get to the stores as needed or the pharmacy to pick up our medications. I have no family to help me because my parents are deceased. I’m struggling with trying to figure out how I’m going to be able to give my kids and grandkids a Christmas this year because I can’t even get the basics unless I order from Amazon. I’m supposed to start keeping my grandkids on my days off next month, but I’m not sure how I will manage to do so if I’m having to try to find other people to depend on to make sure I have the things here needed for them. I’m feeling helpless, and hopeless. I hate asking for help, but I just don’t know what else to do. I need to find reliable and safe transportation for myself, my kids, and my grandkids. Thank-you for anything you can do to help.
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