It’s Good Friday. As I sit here enjoying a leisurely morning cuppa, I find myself very thankful for my life. Yes, I’ve worked really hard to get here, but I’ve absolutely been blessed by opportunity. I hope everybody will be thinking about that this weekend over Easter. It’s not our official holiday for thanks, but I still think it’s a good time to be grateful for the blessings in our lives and to remember that not everyone is so fortunate.
One of my Twitter pals and a vibrant member of our online writing community, Cher Tracy and her husband Bruce are among those who’ve had a streak of horrible luck this winter. You may remember my plea back around Christmas, letting you all know about Cher’s fabulous editing services. Things have taken a turn for the worse.
Their landlord has given them ’til the end of the month to come up with $1000, although this will only keep their heads above water for a short time. I am calling on ANYONE who could help keep them in their home (monetary or otherwise).
Landlord’s address for the curious:
We called the landlord to ask them how it would work to send donations directly to the landlord. They don’t have paypal or anything like that:
checks should read: Rent donation for Bruce and Cheryl Tracy 10-7
16 – 3 Manor Circle
Sanford, Maine 04073
Attention: Patty Carson
***PAYPAL ADDRESS for donations is firstname.lastname@example.org
Paypal can be used by anyone and is found at http://www.paypal.com/
..Written by Cher (the lovely blonde in the photo) in an e-mail sent to other writing pal Carrie Clevenger via Crooked Fang…
Her website: http://shadowrites.com/
“I lost my job care-taking an elderly woman because she died. Hubs renovates and flips houses for realtors and others. Generally, we get enough money set aside to cover us over winter or there are inside jobs for land lords. Last year B had worked mostly for one investor renovating two houses. The deal was to fix the houses and sell them and we’d get a percentage of the profit. But the guy didn’t sell the houses so we don’t get our investment back and no cut of the profit.
Shortly after that a pay pal glitch took out a double payment for a bill which sent us flying into overcharge fees, bounce fees, etc. By the time that was cleared up we were broke. We’ve been struggling since then because there isn’t much work in the winter. Renovations are seasonal because of the freezing temps. We’ve been surviving on odd jobs, selling our things and the landlords hired hubs to plow and would put that toward the rent. That’s managed to keep us here but not catch us. It’s been like running in place.
Now it’s tax season so the owners of the complex gave us an eviction notice. They’ve said if we can come up with 1000. (though 1500. is better) that we can stay. That puts a big enough dent in what we owe so that they know we’ll be able to catch up because now that spring and summer are here the work is coming in but most of these jobs are two and three weeks away because it’s been cold and rainy.
That’s the whole story.”
These are tough financial times for everyone. But I am hoping that we can find enough people who are able to donate $1 (or more) to the cause. Skip that designer coffee for a week or forgo that Super Value Menu lunch one day (you didn’t need the calories anyway).
I implore you to step up and help someone we know and love (and to follow @_Wulfie on Twitter if you don’t know her to find out WHY we love her) this Easter season. Please donate if you’re able. A dollar WILL help. $10 will help x10. Passing this along could help even more. Feel free to snag the text of this post to share on your own blog or Facebook or wherever to spread the word.