My name is Jessica. I’m writing on behalf of my family: Taylor age 10, Easton age 7, Maci age 3 and my husband, John. We have been experiencing financial difficulty since my husband was injured in September. He is a self-employed general contractor and therefore does not have disability or FMLA benefits available to him. He cannot physically perform the work anymore. He has been in physical therapy but it isn’t helping much and I just unexpectedly was let go from my job that provided us with health insurance and the ability to barely keep our family afloat. I have applied for unemployment and assistance, but those things take time and we are so far behind that we do not have time to play catch-up before we lose everything. We have not been able to keep up on utilities and those will be shut off in a couple days, we haven’t been able to make vehicle payments and are very close to those being repossessed. We are also behind a month in rent and have no way to pay the upcoming month’s rent. This is very hard to do since we have always worked for everything we have ever had, but we have exhausted all options and what limited family and friends we have do not have the means to help. Our credit has been destroyed due to our financial hardship, therefore, we do not qualify for a loan. We were able to enjoy Christmas because we’ve raised our children to know the real meaning of Christmas and that gifts aren’t everything. They were able to open a couple of gifts each and were very grateful. I’m so blessed to have such appreciative, caring and loving children. They deserve so much love and happiness and I do not want to feel like a failure for not being able to provide for them. We just need to make it until I can get a new job and my husband has been looking for different types of work that he can do that doesn’t require physical labor. Our situation has been putting a strain on our marriage as well and it’s becoming harder to remain a united front in this financial battle. Any help at all would be so appreciated, and you can count on us paying it forward when we have the means. We are people who believe in working hard for the things we need or want and in helping those in need. It just so happens that we are now the ones in need. God bless you and Merry Christmas!
P.S. I’m sorry I cannot figure out how to upload a photo. It keeps saying “Unsupported File Type”?
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