You all know I don’t monetize my site. No ads, no sponsors, no reviews for free stuff. This site is for me, for my thoughts, for my ranting. For my tears. I do this to practice my writing (still dreaming of being published… I need to catch up to the huz who has a slight lead on me!) And that’s how it will always be.
But today I am asking for help. Last night I had an incredibly sad conversation with my best friend Suzanne. (We have been friends ever since we met in the teen mom shelter in 1997) She had to relocate from Rhode Island to Southern California for her job this past April, and made the decision to leave her youngest child with his paternal grandma while she set up housing and daycare, thinking that she would be ready to fly back and get him before summer set in.
It was a good plan. But Suzanne didn’t realize how expensive California is, and has struggled all summer, living paycheck to paycheck unable to scrape together extra money for tickets to go get her baby.
Now it is nearly fall and she is so upset and depressed because she doesn’t know when she will see him again. I cry every time I write about this. I can’t imagine being separated from any of my children. I can’t imagine how hard it must be. I want to help her. I’m hoping you can help me help her. The huz and I are working our budget to find some money for plane tickets.
I am hoping you (or someone you know) would be willing to help too! I figure I have so many readers that if just a portion of you donated a dollar or two, we would get there in no time! Last night I set up a “chip in” account here and already we have raised $232.08. Overnight!!! You are all awesome. We are nearly halfway there already.
I really appreciate all of your help. I know Suzanne does too. She posted this on my facebook page last night, after so many people offered to help:
“Hi all, I’m the friend Joni is talking about…I just want to say, thank you all for your kind words and support…my life has been a nightmare the last five months living 3000 miles away from my baby. I dream about him most nights and in my dreams he’s with me and then I wake up…the first few moments after waking are horrible, that feeling realizing it was just a dream is sickening. I would have never left him if I knew it would be so difficult bringing him home. Thank you all for your support, now I know there are people out there who actually care. I can’t thank you all enough, even if you can’t help financially, because I know times are tough, trust me I know…even your words of advice and comfort mean a lot to me.”
This morning I changed the goal to $600 because the cheapest flight I found (via bookit.com) was $452 round trip, and that was before adding another ticket on the way back for Suzanne’s son. The huz and I will make up the difference for the cost of tickets. We hope to meet our goal by the beginning of October, because Suzanne is going to fly out on October 7th to pick up J. Her mother will be moving in then to help out with child care.
I need to mention that MongooseTree has generously offered a free necklace of your choice to anyone who donates $30 or more towards Suzanne’s tickets! If you donate $15 or more, you receive a Mongoose Tree bracelet in the color and fanciness level of your choice! Forward your ChipIn receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and necklace/bracelet choice.
I would like to thank all the kind and generous people that have already chipped in or shared Suzanne’s story with their friends.
Y’ALL???? WE DID IT!!!!! Less than 24 hours and WE DID IT!!!! We made the goal! Suzanne can book her tickets!!! SHE IS FREAKING OUT ON THE PHONE WITH ME NOW!
I can’t believe we did this so quickly. I will be posting a follow up ASAP but I wanted you to know right away! Several readers suggested I leave the chipin open so that they can still put in money they set aside for Suzanne, in case she has expenses (hotel, food, etc) so I am going to do that.
This is amazing. You are all amazing. I am in shock. My hands are shaking from sheer joy!