If any of you could please help my family it would be most appreciated. I wish I could do something in return for anyone who donates, but between struggling to find rides, and the stress of this whole situation has my head such a mess I can't write anything that would even come close to replaying any generiousity given to me and my family. To anybody that donates and just to the ones that took the time to read this journal, or even reposted it... I thank you from very bottom of my heart.
EDIT: Here is the whole story of my situation for those of you that miss it on the GoFundme page...
Hello, my name is Richard, but many call me either Richie or Rick and I have made this GoFundMe account not just for me, but my younger brother Michael and my disabled mother Kittie. Now, let me just start off by saying I'm a very, very proud man and I don't like to ask for help for anything, but these last couple of months I've had to swallow my pride on more than one occasion to ask not only friends, but co-workers for rides not only to work, but home, and to the store to get groceries.
While I'm hard headed for when it comes asking for help, I'm not for when comes to giving help. On one occassion, I was standing in line at a gas station just to by some candy and a powerade, when a man in a wheel chair came in. I didn't know the man's sorry and I didn't do it to thanked, but I graciously stepped back and let him go in front of me. Much to the dismay to the person that was standing behind and to my brother in law who had just finished paying for gas ahead of me who were both in rushes it would've seemed.
Just before the man was able to get in front of me, he dropped all of his change down on to the ground. Which as you can manage drew everyone's attention, because there was quite a bit. Seconds' later, my brother in law was out the door and the man behind me turned his head. I didn't give too much mind to why they did that, because I was moving to help the man pick up his change, because there was no way that he was going to be able to pick it up all by himself from the wheel chair.
It wasn't until I was down on my knee and had most of his change picked up that I noticed both of his legs were covered in ozzing sores that looked pretty bad, but I can say without a doubt that I would have still done it had I known that before, because it's the right thing to do.
More recently, last night in fact, I had a gentlemen come in to my place of employment and told me the story about how he was in the process of moving in to the area, because he was laid off and he was moving for a new job, but that he wouldn't have no money until the following day when he could drive all the way to back to where he was moving from to pick up his last check and he needed to find a way to feed his family at least his children and asked me if there was anything I could do to help him out.
Working in fast food as I have for fourteen years you hear stories like this and sadly from a business' point of view there is nothing you can do and sadly (even in all my good heartedness) my first reaction to him was he's trying to scam me out of some free food, but before I told him "Sorry, there's nothing I can do." Not just because it was the company's answer to question, but also because as sad as his tale was. My family has been through the last couple of months and some people who offered, but in the end were only looking to help themselves from our misery I was becoming jaded.
However, I hestiated, and I just want to point out this was before I even though of or knew of GoFundMe as I just stumbled upon this site this morning the morning after all this happened. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and I helped him. Despite my own situation, despite the fact that my family is hurting for money, because my brother can't work at the moment and our mother only gets paid once a month from Disability.
I rang up his order and then I paid for it with my own money. I don't know why I decided to help him, because I'd never know if he was telling the truth or not about anything, but as I sit here writing this to ask everyone who takes the time to read this I realized something. He asked me to take a leap of faith to believe his story and now I'm asking you to do the same. I don't think I would be able to stomach writing this if I had turned him away, because really if I wouldn't have been able to get past my doubts and reversations about his story then how could I expect you'd to do the same for me?
Enough of the backstory on who I am and to the reason why I've created this GoFundMe account. Just before Thanksgiving my brother's car broke down for the seventeenth time it would seem. Which put my brother out of work, because it's a delievery car... no car, no delieveries. No problem, we've dealt with this before, but it's always trying because it's our only car. During the time the car was down my mother had to take out a pay day loan to help pay to get it fixed while I took one out to help to put food and Thanksgiving supper on the table.
The car got fixed and all was well for about a week. My brother's car broke down again and not even a mile away from our house. We pushed it off to the side of the road, I got a ride to work from my boss, and all should've been well even with the fact that my mom and I hadn't even made the first payment on our loans from the last time the car broke down. We were going to have the car moved to the mechnic the next day and go from there.
However, some hooligans decided to bust out the majority windows (windshield, driver's door, back driver side, passenger side) and bashed both side view mirrors in to pieces. So we had to get the police involved and couldn't move the car for nearly a week after it broke down, but by then we didn't know what to do with the car on top of that my brother only had Liability insurance which doesn't cover vandalism.
We had no idea what to do with the car, because to repair all the glass was estimated to be almost eight hundred dollars and that isn't even taking in account what was wrong with the car that allowed this to happen. How much the parts and labor would cost, but in almost like a chicken and egg joke about which came first we had no clue. If we got the car running, he couldn't drive it because of the windows. If we fixed the windows what would be the point, because he'd wouldn't be able to drive it.
So we just let the car sit in our yard after we moved it back home, because like I said we had no clue what to do with it so moving it to the mechnic was pointless. After a couple of weeks sitting up and our loan payment's coming due we were desperate for money and so we sold the car to a neighbor... leaving us with nothing not even a husk to repair to get my brother back to work.
My brother hasn't worked for nearly a month and half with the exception of 2 days. Which brings us to the now part, our loans are due again, our bills (phone, water, electric) it's all coming do and instead of being able to split the bills three ways, it's only two ways, and it's leaving us very tight on cash for food and leaving us nothing to save for a new car.
I know it's getting to be tax season again and our taxes will be a big help, but at the same time our employer likes to wait till the very end of January and the time period they have to send out our W-2 Forms. Not to mention we can't file until at least the 20th (which is still another four days away), but then if we are extremely lucky we MIGHT get them back in time to have to pay our Feb. bills and loan payments. So I'm praying that you will take a leap of faith and believe my family's story and give any bit that you can to help us get out of debt, get my brother a decent used car, and have the money to get the title, tags, and lincense for it.