Hello, my name is Jorge, I’m 24 years old and have a son with 2 year, and I have a request. It all goes back to when my son was born, on the July 19th, 2020. A week later the mother of my son left us and went to Brazil without any explanation, and so we are living by ourselves in Santarém, Portugal. I work as a Lab Assistant and gain the minimum wage, 630€ after taxes. The rent of our house is 500€, which lets me have 130€ until the 16th of every month, where I get 150€ that helps me get some food and pay a bill or two. But the last couple of months have been difficult because I have a lot of bills to pay.
It’s been hard being able to take care of my son all alone, needed to buy formula every week, making time for him and work, being able to leave work when he got a fever or when his teeth where popping and I needed to stay with him at home, loosing countless days of work, which reflected on my salary, so some months where really hard, but my son would eat everyday and always had his diapers, his clothes, everything I didn’t bought to me, I bought it for my son. I’ve been without eating for 3 days just so my son could have his formula. Nowadays it’s been easier because he’s going to have 2 years, and now eats the same as me, but the bills are coming even higher, essential bills like water services, gas and energy bills are killing me slowly and I’m just holding on because of my son. He is everything to me and the reason I keep going. He is the reason I’m here today asking for money, so I can give me and my son some peace from the letters and notices that come every single week, claiming they will cut my power and water supply.
With this I ask for your help, to give me and my son a relief from our (my) shoulders, I don’t know where to turn to ask for help, so I’m asking on the internet for help. To have my bills sorted and have a full closet of groceries I need 1000€, this will pay off all my bills and will get me some groceries until my next paycheck.
I thank you all in advance for taking your time to read my request.