My parents are going through a very difficult time right now. My stepdad, who has six children and works as a truck driver, made some financial mistakes after his wife passed away in 2016. He was a single father who needed some help, had to rely on his mother’s help, which resulted in a strained relationship due to some personal issues that arose between them. Later, he met and married my mom, and I received financial assistance from his side to start a new life with my wife. However, his financial situation has become dire in the past few years.
In order to pay off his debts (which total over $15,000), pay for taxes in amount estimated to be $10,000, balance out his credit score, and become a sponsor for my mom to obtain a green card, he tried to make equity from his house, but failed due to some major repairs that need to be done in the house, specifically the bathroom which will cost around $2,500. He also made the mistake of buying a car at an auction for $5,000 but that turned out to be a scam. He just wanted to have something that could bring some income by fixing the car and selling it, but this caused more of a financial strain on him. He also has his own truck, but because it kept breaking and lots of money went into fixing it over and over again, that has also become a cause for the financial stress.
My wife and I want to help them financially but are not able to, due to some financial restrain from our end. My dad is a very generous and kind man with a big heart and has been working a lot of overtime to make ends meet. He has been generously helping us out at times, even when we tell him we are okay. Because of the person he is, he works very hard. He is a truck driver. He leaves for a week, comes home for one night, and leaves the next day. The overtime and the stress of his financial burden is taking a toll on his health. He has tremors in his legs and has gained weight, and he’s also dealing with the emotional stress of his older son (my stepbrother) with some mental issues that he has. Meanwhile, my mom is struggling with depression and spending a lot of time isolated at home. She is always alone because dad has to work more than usual. This has put a strain on their relationship.
Despite the challenges we’re facing, I’m determined to work hard and educate myself so that I can get a career in the future and help my family in the long run. But right now, our family is really struggling with financial stress and working hard to make ends meet. It is a constant battle of living paycheck to paycheck. My dad is a good man that made mistakes. He is a man of God and wants nothing but the best for his family. No, money does not bring happiness, but money can sometimes save so much stress and help people break free from constant work and give them a better opportunity to take better care of themselves, their health, and have more time to spend with the wife and kids. This is why we are reaching out to anyone that has in on their heart to help in any way you can. We are not asking for something grandiose or big, but just something to ease the mind for my dad a little bit. Whoever reads this, I appreciate the time you took out read this and may God bless you.