Organized by: Pauline Ortiz y Pino
Pauline Ortiz y Pino via Crowdrise
August 04, 2015
I hope this message finds you well!
This is not easy for me to do as, I am generally very independant and self-sufficient. You all know that I give my love and my time freely and am willing to help anyone whenever I can however, it is me that is need of help at this time.
I am a single, working mother of two kind, and brilliant boys. My youngest son Alexander Hope, is 15 and my oldest son David Gerald, is 17 years old. David lives with his father and Alex and I share a two-bedroom apartment. We all work really hard to make ends meet.
I have been the US Operations Manager for an international company for the past four years and love my job and my employers. Even though I have a great job, after rent and bills, we barely break even every month. Then, just one week ago, the IRS placed a Levy on my wages and they are now taking over 1/3 of my net income.
I am looking for a second job that I can work part-time to try to keep us afloat. I don't qualify for assistance and so I have been doing everything I can to try to keep us fed. I have a small window garden that I tend and Alex and I get a ride from a friend to go to a local food pantry once per week. Unfortunately, it's not nearly enough.
Alex mows yards on the weekends and uses his money to help with groceries, always with a smile on his face and love in his heart. He is so grateful for every little thing and never asks for anything. He will be turning 16 soon and hasn't even talked about getting his license since we don't have a car. It breaks my heart because he deserves so much more.
We work hard. We are honest, drug-free, caring people who just need a little help right now. We need a car, for emergencies, for transportation to work, to go to the grocery store and to the doctor's office, to get Alex to school and back and for basic transportation during the winter.
Alex and I have already made a vow that once our goal is met then we will use the car to volunteer at our local food pantry. They have helped to keep us fed the past few months and we have been wanting to give back. You can check them out and the incredible work that they do for our community by clicking this link. http://www.mhcfoodpantry.org/
Would you consider a gift of $10? Any amount will help.
I would also love to hear any advice that you could give me. They say it takes a village to raise a child and I believe that to be the truth.
The need is great but I hope that the result will be greater. I hope that this campaign will inspire my children, and their friends, with the knowledge that there are good and amazing individuals in the world!
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Pauline L Ortiz y Pino