I've been reading some of the same blogs for several years now and one of them is by a person I've come to think of as a friend. Her name is Chris and she lives in Nebraska
During the last year I have been saddened to read her frank, often funny and always heartfelt posts as her life has been turned upside down. A long term relationship with her English girlfriend fell apart and left her devastated and alone. Then fate kicked in and kicked her harder with one death's door illness and life changing event after another.
I should say Chris and I have never met (yet) though I've not met any of the people whose blogs I visit either, but after a while you just know who the people are that you would like in real life because you relate to what they write, or just plain enjoy their spin on things.
Chris is living below the bread line. She is a nurse but now is in danger of losing her nursing license as she cannot afford to renew it. That would take away the only future chance she has of digging herself out of this mess, because as you know, the further down into the hole you go, the harder it is to climb out. In fact she's lived on NOTHING for several months, except for the kindness of some of her family. She cannot get government assistance although she's fighting the system - Good Luck with that if Romney gets in, he's already discounted people like her anyway.
She has always shared her story but wasn't asking for help. She was just desperate and hoping for something good to happen. A few other people I've 'met' through reading each others blogs thought that it would be a good idea, and perhaps her only chance, if she was to sign up with this amazing website to get her out of this situation and help her move forward. So we persuaded her to do it. You will see the link to it at the top of my page.
It seems that each of us, unbeknown to the other, had wanted to do something for her. We discovered this when we emailed each other, wondering what could be done. We'd each felt that alone, our meagre contribution would be a drop in the bucket and wouldn't make much difference. But now with this, she is already on her way to her goal of $2000.
Personally, I think that's an unrealistic goal. Rent and nursing licenses and 'luxuries' such as food and gas will not be covered by that amount and I'd like to see her get more than that. To not just pull her out of the hole, but to help her feel a bit more secure as she moves forward. Believe me, she will get up again. I don't know that I would have been able to under the same circumstances but she's an amazing lady. I'm pretty sure I might have laid down and refused to go on should the same, or even ANY of those things, have happened to me. Sometimes I was afraid to read her latest posts because I feared what else could go wrong and when she stopped posting for a while I knew that it was really just too much for her to even share anymore.
I hope that you will feel inclined to contribute any small amount at all that you can afford. Even a few dollars from enough people is a life changer.
I see this as giving a deserving person a hand UP and not a hand OUT.
I hope you will too.
Thanks for reading.