WRITER'S NOTE: This article is of a personal nature. Please read at your own risk.
The federal debt ceiling debt forced a government shutdown, and the national economy to the brink of ruin. Many Americans are feeling the debt pinch, but the current debt crisis many face may claim yet another casualty.
The next week or so will determine whether or not I will be able to continue to provide articles on Examiner and pursue my writing career. Our move to Atlanta has resulted in tremendous unexpected expenses and, combined with the higher costs of the Georgia State Income Tax and higher than expected insurance bills, it has turned what I thought would be a dream into a nightmare. With that in mind, I am about to do something I've never done, nor ever thought I would resort to doing.
Asking for help from you, my readers.
I have established a link of the website GoFundMe.com, a website dedicated to "crowdsource funding," a means by which individuals and businesses can offer assistance to those in a variety of needs, ranging from funding wedding plans to medical and veterinary bills to simply keeping someone in their home, like I am doing. I have already raised $600 towards my goal of $2000. If I am able to get the remaining $1400 within the next seven days, I will be able to keep my car, which will provides my wife and I the transportation we need to get to our regular jobs, we will keep our apartment and be able to feed and cloth ourselves, our and our cats.
Because of errors made in our past, we do not qualify for any loans through conventional or alternative sources, and we trying to avoid taking on additional debt. I am writing for Examiner, Yahoo Voices, looking for second job, and hoping a book deal comes through soon. Every avenue is being explored, and everything of value we own is being considered for sale, with all precious assets, including my wife's engagement ring, having already been sold.
This may sound like a request for a handout, and perhaps it is, but it comes with a promise. The $2000 I raised will be repaid, either in cash or in kind, to the Atlanta Food Bank as a donation to help those in greatest need. I will say that my wife and the sort of people who will give the shirt off our backs to someone, and will always help out someone in need as much as humanly possible. I simply ask my readers for their support in this hour of greatest needs. Yes, it is a longshot, but sometimes it takes a moment of true humility to provide for those one loves most. Recently, I gave the last five dollars I had to a homeless woman, on the faith she would use it wisely. I simply ask you, my readers, for the same faith.
Please consider this column, refrain as best you can from judgment and, if you can't help, please consider forwarding this on to someone who can. To all elected officials, please consider this column before you wonder about your constituents feel because this pain is very real.
Thank you for all your support, both past, present and future.
If you wish to contact John directly, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be respectful in this time of need.