Alyssa Darius and Romeos Wheels of Hope

Organized by: Larissa Strange

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EVENT DATE Feb 01, 2016

THE STORY:

The word family means something different to everyone. Family doesn't just have one definition. Family doesn't just mean one thing and it doesn't stand alone. I have always taught my children (Alyssa, Darius, and Romeo) that family is the most important thing in life today. That we love one another conditionally and we stick together. Our saying is "We are a family, we stick together, forever." Last year I was on my way to becoming a manager at my company and it was a really big thing because it meant so many things positive for us. At this time I had to dedicate my all to work and prove myself worthy of the position which meant just a few more hours away from home and a few more days picked up then I was giving before, but I knew this was an opportunity that we needed and I wasn't going to mess it up. I started my training and things were better than ever for us. I had two daycare providers for my children. One which was a lady was my main daycare provider, she had the kids 7 hours/day of my work days. When I got the promotion, I went up to about 9-10 hours/day and she couldn't cover those extra hours due to help/number of kid laws. So I contacted around and wasn't as successful in finding anyone for the certain hours and number of kids and ages also played a big part in being unsuccessful. But to my surprise a good friends son who was 18 years old and raising extra money on the side babysitting available and willing to assist with the kids until I found other arrangements. It was 1 hour before and after daycare at my residents. May the 2nd was the worst day of my life. I came home from work, and me and the kids had our daily talk about our day, what was to be expected for the next day and dinner plans. I realized that my sons eye was puffy and swollen, so I turned on some light and this is were everything went bad. I could definitely see something had happened to his eye. Darius is 4 years but this was a good size bruise. So I asked him what happened and he said Omari, this is the second babysitters name, I started panicking, .OMG he hit my baby I began to feel sick because I just couldn't understand why he would think that was ok to do. My daughter started saying mom, but she would stop, then say it again. I assured her everything was ok I just needed to know what was going on so that I could but a stop to this and make sure it never happens again. She told me that he hit my son because he told him to turn around, and then she told me he had been molesting her for the 2 months that he was babysitting them, Darius was turning around looking and he got hit in his eye that day. I have never been the same since this day. I failed my children and left them with a monster because I thought that work was more important so I could give me everything they needed and wanted, that the struggling situations that would some times arise was not to be anymore. That money was more important then my babies. Where was my mother instincts, why didn't momma bear bust thru the door because her cubs needed her.....I think about all of this and so much more till this day and I am sure this will never go away. It is not Jan 2016..... Alyssa was 6 years old, that day I contacted the police and our new life started. Interviews, court, DA appointments and more and more horrible details of those 2 months. Finally he got arrested August the 12th on 4 counts of child molestation. He is still in jail and we are still going to court....I will never be able to forgive myself for what has happened to my kids. I will never understand why or how someone could do this, and I will never be able to go back and do this all over again, but I will love my kids unconditional and will be a family and stick together thru this all, and we have I lost my job due to lack of energy at the beginning of all of this in May. I got found in the bathroom crying or I didn't want to leave my kids with anyone because of the hours before and after and I just didn't feel like they were safe anymore with anyone. I lost my job and had to start depending on my child support to take care of the children. Bills started piling up and things started getting cut off. I became sick and started feeling very weak and the sickness stayed for 3 months and ended with me not being able to talk. I went to the doctor after having so much pain that I couldn't sit up and eat or drive. I found out I had psoriasis. My disease has eaten thru both hands so I wear gloves but I have taken light to the situation and one day at a time. I started looking back into work after my and the children attending counseling and me realizing that the kids still need me to bring in income and even thou I failed the first time I have to try again and be successful this time and that is exactly what I am going to do. I have gotten an independent contracting job in Pryor OK cleaning up apartments to make move.in.ready and I do any gig on craigslist that I can get my hands on. From moving furniture, to hauling trash, racking leaves, washing cars, data entry, advertising, and I actually have had some real good companies that have kept in contact for other jobs after. 1 week ago me and the kids were on our way back from Wal-Mart when my car made a horrible knocking sound and then shut off. I called around to car companies but I have absolutely no family member here in Tulsa or Oklahoma. Which makes it very hard to get help. A mechanic was driving around and he looked at my car and told me that the car was finished. My starter was blown and my wheel barring was next, that to replace this was going to be pointless and I might as well get a new car. This was not as easy as it sounded because I spend all of my funds getting everything back paid that I had no more debt but I also had no savings. I figured maybe I could get some help from family and called around to get the car towed, I left my car for 30minutes when my phone died and when I came back, my car was towed away..... I have contacted my job and explained the circumstances in Pryor but its only a matter of time, along with my repeated customers. Alyssa has missed counseling appointments along with myself and Darius, and getting to stores, and doctors appointments are getting harder and harder. The bills are starting to get high and I just cant fail this time. I cant get my 1 year old son to daycare anymore so having all three all the time outside in the cold is not always an option. The kids and I were laying down talking about movies that just came out when Alyssa said we need a new car, I explained to her about money and the fact that its hard to save and make sure everything is paid and I had to make sure that the housing got taken car of, my son said that we needed to raise some money, we needed to sell something, and they started listing off things that they could sell of there's....they were very excited about this idea and I wasn't going to disappoint them so we went upstairs and got the thinking and making signs. We have sold a numerous amount of things but we are still home bound so the kids are starting to see that this is not moving along as fast as they would like and I feel so bad, they want so much to be able to help the situation and its just not looking up anymore. We are out of things to sell in our home and we have only raised $372 dollars. And it just in not enough for us to get a vehicle. Walking with the kids is truly getting harder everyday and I lost a lot of things like my stroller and blankets that were in the car when it was towed. I couldn't get a ride to the towing company to get my belongs either. Alyssa Darius Romeo and myself are all asking for your help. Alyssa Darius and Romeo's Wheels of Hope program need your help. They miss going to there before and after program and I need get back to work so I can take care of my cubs. Any donation that is given is good for a coupon on any job/gig that you need from me.  We are a family and we stick together. We are going to get this money raised and we are going to succeed this time. Thank you in advance if you are able to help, and thank you to anyone that took the time to read my story, I'm sure there will be a happy ending. Have a wonderful day

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