My husband and I are in desperate need of financial assistance. Long story short, 3 years ago, after a 21 career in law enforcement, my husband was diagnosed with ocular melanoma. As a result, he lost his left eye and was forced to take a medical disability. Our finances have suffered ever since and we simply cannot get on track. Desperate, not knowing where to turn, I started a go fund me last fall. Everyone was so generous and it seemed we were finally going to be ok, but then the pandemic hit. The restaurant I worked at was closed and I was denied regular unemployment benefits because I did not meet the base period requirements. I immediately applied for the PUA benefits, but there was an “issue” with my identification and my claim is still pending. So after being out of work since March, I still have not received any unemployment benefits. Additionally, I decided to mail our income tax return this year rather than paying our CPA to file for us because our return was only about $700. Needless to say, we still haven’t received our income tax return and the IRS “where’s my refund” page doesn’t;t even show a record of it yet. In the meantime, we have fallen behind on our bills that we had just worked so hard to catch up on. This morning, 10 days before the lease was supposed to expire on our truck, it was repossessed. We spent the last couple weeks getting items ready to sell at the local flea market this upcoming weekend and the truck was loaded with those items, as is our trailer. We recently found a van that we planned to purchase knowing that our lease would be expiring, but we don’t have the funds to purchase it and both of our accounts are overdrawn due to bills that auto-draft monthly. In addition, we have booths at a local antique co-op that were supposed to generate additional income for us, but most months we find ourselves using money from my husbands monthly pension check to pay our booth rent only to just barely make it back on our commission checks throughout the month. So the additional income we expected is nonexistent and the commission from our sales more or less just keeps us in the building. Therefore, we are moving out by months end, but we no longer have our truck for the move. Since it is a co-op, we are required to work a certain number of days each month, or pay for those days in the event that the owner has to call in a non-scheduled vendor to work our shift. Unfortunately, due to some recent health issues (primarily migraines, but I also have a gallbladder issue), I missed some of our required days this month. When I went to pick up our commission checks today, he tried to charge me double for those missed days and would not release our checks because I did not have the money that he was demanding. He even made us pay booth rent when we were closed for 6 weeks. Long story short, we need money very quickly. Money that we have no way to obtain. I have always been a giver, not a taker. So swallowing my pride for the second time in a year and asking the public for help isn’t easy, but I can’t go to my family because even through our recent struggles, I still help them when I can. My mom is high risk for COVID-19. So as soon as things begin to get bad in March we pulled her from work and my little sister and I have been doing the best we can to help her financially. She has zero income currently as she is on FMLA, so she doesn’t qualify for unemployment either because she chose to take the time away, but she had to as this disease would kill her. It’s just all so much right now. We also have a 14 year old son. In fact, today is his 14th birthday.
Any help you could find in your heart to give would be beyond appreciated.