To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing today not for myself, but for my dear friend Josh.
Josh’s journey is similar to a lot of folks who are currently experiencing financial hardship. He was laid off during the pandemic, suffered financial hardship, and has been living pay check to pay check.
What I believe makes his story unique, is the incredible amount of hard work he has put in to get back to a place of financial security, and mental stability. He has been working third shift at a warehouse for two years, where he has been promoted time and time again. His managers, co-workers, and others respect him because he is good at his job, and is patient in the way he trains and teaches others.
More than that though, Josh has been in therapy for a year with the focus being on changing his mental health and mindset.
The change in him that I have seen has been nothing short of drastic.
The friend I met a year ago was negative, and placed a lot of blame on the world around him. He was living in a prison of his own making. There was a never ending list of excuses as to why he was broke, tired, unmotivated, and unfulfilled. It was at a point where he was known by those around him for his consistent negativity. At my urging, he began weekly therapy sessions. It was difficult to say the least. Therapy forced him to look introspectively and question who he was, and what he wanted. He had to take a step back, and answer for his attitude, beliefs, and define his boundaries and accountability.
Through therapy, the transformation has been significant. He is more thoughtful, positive. Less anxious. He acknowledges what he can, and cannot control. He is mindful, and takes ownership of his thoughts, feelings, actions, finances, and mental state. In a shocking turn of events, he coached me through a stressful situation the other day, reminding me to remain positive, and only do what was within my power to control.
At my core, I believe that hard work should be rewarded. It has been rewarding, and difficult to watch my friend heal in ways I never expected that he could—yet he continues to struggle financially.
Due to the Pandemic, he has a sizable amount of debt, coupled with no savings. He manages to pay his bills month to month by the skin of his teeth.
I would like more than anything, to see him experience some semblance of reprieve.
A donation of $20,000 would give him the reprieve he so desperately needs. It would not make him a rich man, but it would give him the ability to pay off his debts, begin working a day shift, and be able rent his own place.
He is not aware that I am even creating this post, but please know that every penny will be given to him. If you have any questions or concerns about that, please do not hesitate to contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to discuss this more if someone is interested in helping him.
Thank you for your consideration,