Oh god. I’ve never had to make a post like this before, and I’m so very sorry that I am now, but….I don’t know if I can just stand by and let this happen to my family. I need to help out somehow. So here goes. The short version of this story is, if my parents don’t come up with enough money to start paying our raised mortgage by the end of this year, we’re going to have to sell our house. It’s expensive to live in the area that we live in, and both of them work in this town: moving would cost them their jobs. We can’t afford that.
The long version? We don’t have a high enough income to pay property taxes as well as our mortgage. We haven’t for several years, now, and we were getting along fine until the bank found out. They paid the taxes for us—but they want us to pay them back. So instead of just flat-out giving us an amount that we owe, they’re raising our mortgage $4000 higher. It goes into effect in October. We can’t afford to pay that. My dad tried talking to the bank and asked if it could be just spread out across our current mortgage—but they said no. Then he and my mom went to one of the financial help places in our neighborhood and asked them to help us out—but about an hour ago they called my mom and told her that because of some outstanding credit card debt that we have from a while ago, they can’t provide any assistance. My dad, while he has a sort-of job, doesn’t consistently make enough money to keep us afloat on his own—he doesn’t have any type of insurance that goes along with a regular job. My mom is an assistant teacher, so she doesn’t make a lot either—she’s pretty much still in the same boat with my dad. Somehow, I’m still going to college, but we are struggling. Truly. I hate doing this; I hate asking you all to do this, but we just…we need help. I don’t want to sit by while my parents try and find a way out of this hole they’ve ended up digging for themselves.
I set up a paypal account for this purpose alone. There’s a button in my updates tab. If all of my followers donated $1, we would be immensely less stressed. If you can’t donate—and I know that’s the case for a lot of you, and I completely understand that—please at least signal boost this. Again, I’m sorry that I have to clog up your dashes by making this post. But…thank you. I love you.
UPDATE: thank you guys so much. like, seriously. from the bottom of my heart. i was in tears earlier seeing the support this got; you are all such good, beautiful people. unfortunately, when i posted this, i messed up the link, so it expired—my email is firstname.lastname@example.org, though, and i don’t think you need to put in anything else in terms of information? i’m so serious when i say that you are saving my life doing this. thank you thank you thank you. i love you.