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Car For Single Mom

Organized by: Meggan Hafen

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THE STORY:

My name is Meggan and I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2005. I was 25 years old.

After struggling to continue to work, and becoming a nationally certified medical coder and member of the AAPC, I realized that I was going to have to choose between working full time, or taking care of my daughter. I didn't have enough energy and stamina for both, and required bi-monthly steroid infusions to assist with the debilitating exacerbation when I was working.

In 2008 I was approved for Social Security Disability Insurance, and since then my health has improved. Because I do not work I have the ability to triage out my day and week, I can take naps, and do things at the pace which works for me. This allows me to do my other full time job of being a parent.

In the following years I got married, and have my now two year old son. Things sadly declined with my husband when he became ill. When things of this nature strike, some choose to move forward and make the best of the hand you were dealt, others choose to wallow in the misery and allow to harden them.

I am now a single mom again raising a 15 year old, and a 2 year old on a limited and fixed income. SSDI has not kept up with inflation, and I make just under $20,000.00 a year. I get food stamps, but only $55.00 a month, and have to utilize the food bank in order to supplement my food budget so that there is enough to eat. If I did not, then my children would not have enough. I do not get child support from either father.

My car is a 2005 Suzuki Verona which is no longer made. It's registration was up in February 2014, and I do not have the money to get it fixed. The catalytic converter is out because of a misfire due to the spark plugs needing new boots. My mechanic was unable to find spark plug boots for my car, and if some were found they would be very expensive. There was also a hose which needed to be replaced (which I cannot remember the name of), but due to the design of the engine the hose is located under neath it requiring the engine to be removed in order to replace it. Due to the labor replacing a $4.00 hose would cost around $400.00. I have verified this to be a true fact. I also need new tires. This is all before I pay for the inspection costs and registration fees. I recently received a safety recall notice from Suzuki about the daytime running lights causing an engine fire. There is no fix at this time.

I need a new car. It doesn't have to be fancy, or pretty, or have bells and whistles. I just need something that is safe, reliable, and works. My grandma gave me $600.00 and I can't find anything in that price range which doesn't have major engine issues; not even for around $1000.00. I have found in order to get a working and reliable vehicle I need at least $3000.00.

I have looked around at the local bus system, car share programs, even taxi's. While I don't drive much, non of these are viable options. Crazy right? My state has a horrible public transit system which the public has been complaining about for years. The other two are more expensive then driving because I don't drive often.

I've got two great kids who would appreciate a new car. Especially my 15 year old. She hides it well, but I know that she is embarrassed when I pull up in a car which smells of gas and sulfur and makes a putt-putt sound. Please help us get into something.

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