As you may know if you are a frequent reader, I am a big proponent of social media for good. It’s something I have talked about often here on the blog and I have also shared several causes that I was very pleased to see some of my readers jump in and help support as well. It means the world to me to be able to help others and I have been blessed to do so quite a few times over the years.
My friend Sandra was trying to do the same thing this month in her “September Month of Giving“. She featured four families who needed a little help this month (mine included) and she offered to match subscribers to dollars. For every new subscriber she got to her site, she would donate $1 of her own money (up to $400). It didn’t go as well as planned. Last time I looked, she had a disappointing 26 subscribers. I’m not saying that because I was one of the families chosen but honestly because I don’t understand why people wouldn’t want to jump on this deal. It’s so simple and such an easy way to help people out!
I have theorized that maybe people didn’t understand what she was trying to do. Perhaps they didn’t realize that they did not have to donate money of their own. Maybe people have become so jaded, they are just afraid to help anyone anymore. I don’t know. Seeing as how there was no monetary obligation, I would have thought the turnout would have been a bit better.
Anyway, regardless of the turnout, it meant a lot to me that she wanted to help me because I have not been very public with the struggle that my family is going through right now. One reason is because we were actually doing ok until one client didn’t pay me and another project fell through last minute. We didn’t have any extra money, that’s for sure, and we’re going without some things we needed but this is what many hard-working families have to do to make ends-meet, especially after an accident like mine. But along the course of the month, things took a turn for MUCH worse.
Before we get to that, my friend Sandra wrote a little post about me and my cause and it meant a lot to me to see the kind words. It means a lot just to know that people care about you and are thinking about you, especially when something like this happens.
In her post, “A Broken Leg, Not a Broken Spirit- Meet Lisa” she briefly tells a bit of my story and why she wanted to help me. I was humbly honored to be chosen as one of her four families, although felt there were so many others who are more deserving. Throughout the month, however, my situation changed a bit, as I mentioned before.
A large client deal that would have set me for the month was overturned due to funding issues and I was left with the short end of the stick. With savings gone due to the aforementioned issues, we fin ourselves facing eviction. The years of positive rental history don’t go far when you’re late. Late is late. Excuses don’t fly. We’ve already been served eviction but have not been forcibly removed yet because they decided to give me a chance, given my current predicament. Basically, the rental company said if I brought the rent current and paid October rent on the 1st, they would let me pay off the late fees/additional fees on the 15th of each month, for a few months until I was caught up. This is a good deal that let’s me get back on track again and save our home for the kids (and so I can keep a stable job).
There was just one problem: the work I have been doing every day hasn’t paid yet and I’m short. The money will come too late and by the time it does, we’ll need even more because we will be homeless and on the streets with five kids.
Now that fund my mom started to try to let me rest after my accident became all the more important. Now, getting clients to seal the deal on new orders meant a roof over our heads and my kids having a bed to sleep in.
So, I have written before about charities and causes and I’ve forever been blown away by the generosity and kindness of others. It brings me great pleasure to be able to use my platform to help others. Never did I think I would be in a position to need to ask for help myself. But here I sit…
After one tragedy after another hitting my family this year, I am not in a good place. However, we keep pushing forward and having faith that things will work out. I am appreciative of everyone who helps, no matter how big or small and most importantly, I still have a big sale going on to help earn the remaining funds I need to be back on track. See sale details here.
The short of it is this:
- I need projects starting NOW that pay upfront. I want to work for you and to help my family. I am skilled. I am qualified. I am waiting to start your project today.
- Alternatively, I’m asking those who can to pitch in to help. I am asking because of my kids and because we have had more than our fair share of bad luck this year.
If you can do neither at this time, then I ask you to consider sharing.
At the end of the day, I don’t expect anyone to do anything they don’t want to do or anything they don’t feel in their heart is right. Regardless of the outcome here, I will continue to use social media for good and I will repay all of those who have helped me and my family in our time of need as well. Thank you and love and blessings to you all!Mainstream media outlets, businesses and stakeholders utilise social media to spread notifications to the common people. With items posted instantaneously, the general populace will demonstrate knowledge. Some problems give rise to scandal, but social networking does much more good for the world in hindsight. To find more about it, read more articles.