I have four kids, 16 male, 13 female and twin 11 year olds, one male and one female. While I am employed full time, I had to take unpaid medical leave for almost seven months this year, and only returned to work the last week of October. After having no income for so long, I burned through the small savings I had built and I had numerous bills that I was behind on that I had to catch up on, and I have only just done so. I had planned to use this paycheck to get their Christmas gifts with, hoping to have about $300 available to do so. Sure, that is not a lot spread out between four kids for gifts and stocking stuffers, but it is a whole lot more than nothing. Unfortunately, that was not to be the case.
First, in my brilliance, I forgot that my car insurance autopay’s this week, and second my med insurance company removed one of my medications from their approved list. My options were to pay out of pocket or go without while my doctor and pharmacist appealed the denial of coverage. There was not a realistic alternative medication they could give me. Technically, I could go without, my condition is not life threatening, but by day two I would be in such pain I would be lucky to get out of bed, let alone go to work. Now I have about $80 left.
Earlier in the Holiday season, I had considered the option of signing up for Secret Santa or Toys for Tots type charity for my kids, but I truly thought I would be further ahead in my bills by now, and while it wouldn’t be a great Christmas, it would be at least a decent Christmas and I did not want to take away from kids that wouldn’t have any kind of Christmas. I have been there before myself, and I know the donations are limited. I really thought I would be able to rally something, where there’s a will there’s a way, and all that, because I’m that Mom, the one that pulls a rabbit out of thin air and seems to pull off a frickin’ miracle every time. But I’m fresh out of miracles this year, my illness stole them and my kids have suffered enough for it this year, I don’t need it to ruin their Christmas, too. I don’t need them to have fancy, I just need them to have something to open.
If anyone could spare anything, even if I could just get back up to $200, I can discount shop with the best of them, just so they each have 1-2 gifts to open. Please and thank you.