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My personal and financial struggle

Organized by: Andi Mendoza

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Hi Mark. I've been seeing your posts here on Facebook lately and I admire you and your wife's dedication of helping other people whether you know them personally or not. I don't want you to think that this is a scam so let me introduce myself. My name is Andi. And I live at Rancho Santa Margarita, California. I work at Applied Medical Resources as a Data Entry. I make money but only enough that can provide for myself and for the help that I provide for my parents. My birthday is coming up and I am turning 25 this December 16, 2015. This might be the craziest thing that I've ever done in my almost 25 years of existence but I've realized that it won't hurt to try. I would like to ask if I can benefit from the help that a fundraising event can offer. I am a Filipino. I've been here in the US for 5 years now. The idea of coming here at first was exciting. I get to be in places that I haven't been before. I get to meet new friends. I get to have a job that would provide not only for my own needs but also for the needs of my loved ones. But after a year of the excitement, it was only when I realized that living here wasn't really that easy. I got in trouble with the IRS and now I owe them $3,000. At first I didn't know what's happening since this is all new to me. And then I found out that the person who did my tax last 2012 was a scammer. Having a job here was the first job I've ever had. I've never had any job when I was in the Philippines. And it was my lack of knowledge that brought me to this situation. I've been working for 4 years now and I only make $1,600 per month. That $1,600 monthly that I give to my parents to help them with rent + bills that I pay + the tax that I need to pay. To make things short, I'm in a state of financial crisis. My credit history has been really bad because of the IRS issue. I've decided to cut all my credit cards and pay all the debts that I have. I wanted so much to go to school and finish college so I can get a better job but then I can't because I haven't been able to save enough money for my schooling. Normally, it's a parent's responsibility to help but I've been having issues with my parents lately regarding my gender preference because I am a bisexual so asking help from them right now isn't really a good time. But I still respect them whether they ignore me or not. I guess it's just me. I mean, I don't like it if I'm not in good terms with them. I guess it's a daughter's responsibility to still respect and love their parents even though they don't accept who and what you are. It's heartbreaking, yes but in my mind, I need to be strong for myself. I wanna try asking help from my relatives but then I've realized that there's a slight chance that they will help me since I am an adopted child. And it's another debt that I need to pay and I need to worry if ever they help me. What breaks my heart the most is that everytime I look at myself in the mirror and I remember all the people in my life right now, I've realized that I have nothing to depend on but myself. I know I am still lucky that I can still provide for my basic needs - food, shelter and clothing. I'm not worthy of being helped because I know that there are a lot of people in the world that are more deserving to be helped. I just wanted to take my chances. I rarely ask help from random people because I don't want people to think that I'm a freak or I'm just trying to trick people into getting their money. If I was, I wouldn't be seeking for help from you right now. I could have been rich by now if that was the case. Yesterday, I prayed for a sign. A sign that would help me through all of these. I woke up in the morning and opened my laptop and funny as it may seem, a fundraising event was the first to pop up on my screen. I want to start fresh. I want to start over. Have a career that I can be proud of and still help my loved ones and other people around me. Hopefully you can help me with the financial struggle that I am having. That would be the best bday gift because I know that I can start over again. I wanted to say so much more but I don't want you to get tired of reading. Any amount will do. I just really want to start my life anew.


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