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Hi everyone! This community is a wonderful idea, and I look forward to being able to help others here once I get another job and start working again.

I have a very good friend who's a disabled, widowed single mother of two teenage children, who are sweet and enjoy singing and taking part in musicals and theater productions. However, my friend has very little money to care for them and buy groceries, pay for utilities, etc. She's gifted in terms of graphic design, writing, and visual art but her ADD and the fact that her cancer has come back in her liver this time make it difficult to hold down a job and she ended up having to go on state disability.

She struggles to afford necessities and has had her electricity and phone cut off, been threatened with eviction, and endured other near financial disasters while I have known her.

She was given some free display fixtures which she hoped to use for selling secondhand clothing to earn a small amount of extra cash without exceeding the income limits for disability. However, they ended up being too large to fit in her small apartment and I hired some movers and arranged for a storage unit for the items. We borrowed cash from her boyfriend, who is also sick and disabled, to pay for the storage unit. Now we are in the process of selling the items for cash to pay him back and to provide my friend and her children with at least some income.

Unfortunately, the process is going more slowly than we thought and she's now seriously late with the storage fees. I feel ashamed that I cannot pay her boyfriend back as I promised because I was suddenly laid off from my job with an electrical safety testing company due to restructuring. I'm currently sending out resumes and applying at agencies to secure employment as soon as possible - but the storage company says they will auction her things soon if the remaining $277.00 is not paid off now. A lady told me that her boss is coming by the facility sometime next week and there's a good chance that he will just toss or sell my friend's things once he arrives.

I know this may seem unusual - but paying the storage fees will give us more time to sell the items, which were worth thousands of dollars new and probably at least hundreds of dollars used. It will make sure that the kind gentleman who gave her the furniture when his photography store closed won't have his good deed go to waste.

Here is the information: Log onto http://www.publicstorage.com. Enter 415 532 4408 for the user name and 307922 for the passcode. Please pay $277. Thank you.

I can also provide editing, proofreading, writing, and other online services in exchange for some help here. I can also send cards and write messages of encouragement for people in need and look up resources and links online. And I will do what I can to assist others in the community once I get back on my feet. Thanks again!
26th-Nov-2007 12:57 pm - Looking for the Christmas Fairy :)
Hi, I'm Cristina, and I have a very good friend who is disabled and still working to get back on her feet after her husband's death last year.

She has a huge heart and sends me and others inspirational quotes every day to cheer us up, even though sometimes she is so sick she can hardly function. She and I have been searching for part-time work for her from home, and she is making real progress to recover and deal with some things in her life.

This year, though, she needs a little help with Christmas presents for her two young children. Both children are talented artists and love to draw, sing, and perform in community theater musicals. She has a thirteen year old daughter and a fourteen year old son.

Also, there are a few other children (her niece and nephew and some family friends' children) who also won't get much for Christmas this year:

Jenner (JR) 14 years old
Anthony 15 years old
Lexi 4 years old
Kyle 3 years old

The family lives in Northern California - and I'd like to help my friend and her mother receive something as well as the children. I'll be sending them gifts myself but would like to invite people here to help also if they so choose. Perhaps people can select one or two family members and sign up to get them gifts? People in payingforward did that last year and we're all very grateful to them. People can get creative and make handmade gifts or something else that doesn't cost too much if they like - last year I put together handmade coloring books for the youngest children from pages I printed out online.

Please comment if you are interested and leave an email address and I'll give you the family's contact info. Thank you very much and have a beautiful holiday!

Josh Groban performs O Holy Night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx0C5ZDi1rs
23rd-Feb-2007 03:45 pm - What I've been doing so far
So Monday I donated blood, on March 24 I will be going back and donating platelets... which I can do every 2 weeks.

My brother Blake is coming with me, he'll be doing a regular blood donation.

I'm growing my hair to donate, I hope to be able to grow it long enough by October (I have 9 inches to donate so far, you need a minimum of 10, but I'd like to grow it maybe to 15 inches).

After I'm done with the blanket I started up again, I'll make scarves (crochet) for people.

And it's all free! See, you don't need to have loads of money to be kind and to help people!
14th-Feb-2007 12:00 am - Inspirational *Kindness* Quotes
In this world, you must be a bit too kind in order to be kind enough.
- Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux

When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people. As I grow older, I admire kind people.
-Abraham Joshua Heschel

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
-Helen Keller

We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.
-Whoopi Goldberg

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, because you are.

No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong, because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
-George Washington Carver

Never look down on anyone unless you're helping him up.
-Jesse Jackson
13th-Feb-2007 03:06 am - Cards For Soldiers
Lets Say Thanks by Xerox are sending letters to soldiers that YOU pick out and personalize. They are absolutely FREE.
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