Good day ladies and/or gentleman,
I hope all is well for you and you’re very blessed as I am. I would really like to say I am honestly fascinated by what you guys do here and I am in hopes that one day I will be doing the same thing myself in the future. Let me tell you a little bit about myself and my life. My name is Sarah, I am 18 years old, I love to play basketball, draw, write, volunteer/do kind acts, and many other things honestly. I am the daughter of 2 West African refugees that have worked themselves to the bone to care for my siblings and I. I honestly love my parents, I admire their strength to be completely honest, I won’t lie and say that our relationship is perfect because it honestly isn’t, but they are my entire world! In 2008, when the recession hit, my father lost his job and in the time he was the main financial source for our family, so my older siblings were contributing as much as they could while they were in school and taking care of their own families, we still struggled a lot from then on, to were our home has been on the verge of being foreclosed, homeless and my parents are in debt! To most people their debt isn’t as bad as I portray it to be, but for the low income we had, it was a pain. Some days we did not have food, some days it was bread and water/juice, and most days it was ramen noodles, mind you I am forever grateful that the Lord provided us, but there was only so much ramen a person can eat, haha. My father continued to bounce from job to job, which was odd because he has so many degrees, from medical to paralegal to business (human resources), and it just seemed as if nothing was ever in his favor, though he worked, along with my mom , the money was never enough, it was one bill after the other. In 2013, my father suffered a stroke from carbon monoxide poisoning and almost didn’t make it, but by grace he did. In that time we really hit rock bottom, my mother would have to work day in and day out to just come up with what almost seemed as ends meets, but it was never enough. It killed me to see her working so hard for it to never pay off, it my sister that is 3 years older than me and my 3 younger siblings. My sister worked to, she gave up her dreams just to work and help my mother, and my mother’s health isn’t the best either, but she makes due. It is now 2019, it’s the same thing with the late payments, one bill after the other. I work now, I am an honors student athlete, I work weekends only and it isn’t enough still. I graduate this year and contribute to bills as much as I can. I need to buy my cap and gound, buy graduation tickets, pay for my college registration fees, I wanted to go to my final prom on the 13th, but I don’t have the funds to support it, so I won’t be going and for college I still have remaining balances I will need to pay each semester, as you should know. I am starting to realize that this is getting really sad, and that wasn’t my intention, but I just wanted to give you some background about myself. I don’t want to sound ungrateful because I am grateful for what I have and the experiences because they have only molded me into a better person. I don’t want to request an amount, but I would like to ask for what you can give because anything helps. I truly want to thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope you take it into consideration, and even if not I would like to still hear from you guys and see if I can do anything to help this foundation. God bless you all!