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16 June 2011 @ 12:14 pm
Signal Boosting  
Guys, there is nothing under this cut but an unadulterated plea by an absolute stranger for money. I am honor bound to post this; you are not honor bound to read it.

Please for the love of god, if you have extra coins in your couch cushions, help send my roommate back to school. Leaving this public, on the offchance linkage needs to happen.



Friends, family, loved ones:

I attended my first semester at College of Santa Fe after years of attempting to enter college - I'm 27, and this was a dream come true. My first semester was amazing: I worked on a one-on-one basis with professors, at a college renowned for my study subjects, and got the highest marks available in all of my classes. I'm a perfect student - as uncomfortable as it makes me to say that - and because of financial errors, I have not been able to pursue my work.

The ordeal has been long and arduous, and I will not bore you with the extent of the details. The basic outline is this: I entered school with a series of loans, grants, and scholarships, having been told that my education was paid for through a combination of these things. Then, my work study was denied. I attempted a private loan, and was told that Sallie Mae - in a difference of a matter of days - would no longer represent my school. Then I was denied for a personal loan. Then I was told by my advisors that a government loan, which could help me, would not be issued to me retroactively - even though it was through these same financial advisors errors that I did not receive this loan in the first place.

I am at the end of my rope. I refuse to see my education terminated in this fashion. I have worked long and hard, for almost a decade, to come to this place for the opportunity to learn, and I refuse to see it taken away by bureaucracy and error. I have been saving every dime I earn in my employment, but I fear it will not be enough in time: I have already missed two semesters of school, and I want to clear my debt in time to register for the Spring 2012 semester.

Though it pains me, I have turned to you, my friends, for help. I know that these are hard financial times for everyone, and that many of us are in similarly difficult places for finances. I know that I have no right to ask you for help, when we're all in the same place, looking down the same long road. But I have to hope, and in that hope, I must turn to those who have always supported me and bolstered me: my friends, my family, the extended network of people I have met on my journey to where I am today.

My owed debt is $2,667.

If you can give even $1, that will be one inch closer to my November goal. Please, please help me get back to school.

Please know that I understand that many of you will not be able to give - but your support and love means just as much to me as any dollar amount. I am not a person used to relying on the help of other people - I ask you to understand how difficult this is for me, and know that I thank each and every one of you for all of your help, compassion, and understanding over the past few months, and in the future.

With deep regard,

Bonnie










ETA: Update here.
 
 
 
The story is, the girl is mebeyondrubicon on June 16th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Just in case you're keeping track of signal boosting...

Link!
almost entirely sexyshadesofbrixton on June 16th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you. ♥ Have you ever heard of this lj, pingback_bot? I get screened comments when people link to my posts. o.o Witchcraft!
(no subject) - beyondrubicon on June 16th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
excellent taste in trapdoors: here it is your moment of zennewredshoes on June 16th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Donated! Will signal boost at earliest opportunity.
almost entirely sexyshadesofbrixton on June 16th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
*sputters* THANK YOU. A few of my flisters from Chicago have been stepping up, I suspect that you have a sixth sense that can tell she used to live there. *eyes you*
gabriella: blood to bloodgabby_silang on June 16th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
I get paid on the 20th and I've set up a little phone alarm to remind me to donate then! I know how much she means to you, and I'll be absolutely glad to help. Keep us updated, okay?
almost entirely sexyshadesofbrixton on June 16th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
I absolutely will. The response to this, no matter the increments, has been completely overwhelming. I forget, you know? Even though I know what LJ and Facebook and things can be like, I forget the capacity for empathy and compassion and reaching out to strangers and that is just so... big. Thank you so much, seriously. ♥
(no subject) - gabby_silang on June 16th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
-Jo-: friendsgreenie_breizh on June 16th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
A little bit complicated for me right now (because of travels) but will help out as soon as I can sit down with my computer and a decent connection for longer than 10 minutes! You're a wonderful friend <3
almost entirely sexyshadesofbrixton on June 16th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
This is insane. Joey. This is the equivalent of strangers walking up to me and handing me a five dollar bill. I'm following the PayPal ticker right now because Bonnie's, like, had to leave the house because she's overwhelmed (IN A GOOD WAY) and I just keep seeing these names and I'm like WHO ARE YOU, WHO ARE YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, OMFG.

In conclusion: the internet is overwhleming, I knew this in 1999 when I got it but apparently some things don't change.

Also, I hope you're having a WONDERFUL trip. :D Will we get to see a millionzillion pictures? If I make puppy dog eyes?
Ruricruric on June 17th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
Pushing a little your way. Have you thought about letting copperbadge know for his Radio Free Monday mailing? He has a huge flist and frequently runs pleas for help and gets a great response. *G* Um also it'll show up under my RL name (initals JR) rather than online handle as I'm not bright enough to have two separate payals!
almost entirely sexyshadesofbrixton on June 17th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
I. Buh. I've been spending a lot of time staring very quietly at PayPal today, thinking if I don't move too much maybe I WON'T CRY ANYMORE, BUT IT'S NOT WORKING. You're amazing, you're beyond generous, and I can't thank you enough. I'm emailing Copperbadge right now - thank you for the recommendation. But thank you for being you, most of all.
(no subject) - ruric on June 21st, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
morvabmorvab on June 17th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
Signal Boost
In case you are tracking - just donated in response to a tweet from vixyish linking to the entry. If you can friend me on LJ I would love to know "how it all comes out". Good luck,
Morva
almost entirely sexyshadesofbrixton on June 17th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
....dude. Thank you for the track back, I had to do some serious brain surgery to do the degrees of separation there, and now I'm just stunned and thankful. I will absolutely friend you, and keep everybody updated! Bonnie's already talking about doing a youtube video to thank everyone. :)
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(no subject) - shadesofbrixton on June 17th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Jonthatzookid on June 17th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
My Dearest Brix.
almost entirely sexyshadesofbrixton on June 17th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥ My friends are so wonderful. :3
graciegracielu on June 17th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
This might have restored my faith in humanity a little bit tonight ~ Bonnie's very lucky to have a friend like you. I'm doing the bed and tea thing tonight, but if you can let me know what she still needs, I will see what I can do tomorrow.
almost entirely sexyshadesofbrixton on June 17th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
*ADORES* I hope you're feeling a little better, my loveliest.
like snow in summer...: [tww] lily-livered liberalcentauri_ on June 17th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC)
Here via newredshoes. Can't afford to donate (unemployed) but will signalboost on various social networks! (twitter, tumblr & lj)
like snow in summer...: [tww] legislative agendacentauri_ on June 17th, 2011 08:58 am (UTC)
Post on lj here
(no subject) - shadesofbrixton on June 17th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Laurenladydrakaina on June 19th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
saw this through a signal boost from inkandalchemy on twitter, my household was able to stay afloat after we all lost our jobs two years ago thanks to things like this, now that I'm a little better off I'm happy to pay it forward!
almost entirely sexyshadesofbrixton on June 19th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your generosity. ♥ I'm so glad that this kind of thing has been successful in your life, and that you're coming out into the clear now. I really, really look forward to the point where my friend and I will be able to pay our fortunes onward and share the wealth and generosity with others. :) Thank you for help making it possible!
A particularly foolish knightbakaknight on June 20th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Here via copperbadge. Sorry, I've only got Aussie dollars. Here, have some Aussie Dollars.
almost entirely sexyshadesofbrixton on June 20th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Aussie dollars are friendly dollars! :) Thank you so much for helping out!
melancholy in the rainliseuse on June 20th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
Here via copperbadge. I only had a little to spare, but I hope it helps in some small way.
almost entirely sexyshadesofbrixton on June 20th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - the absolute generosity of perfect strangers has been stunning and heartwarming. Even if it had only been a penny, it would have been more than you owed the world. We can't possibly be thankful enough. ♥
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almost entirely sexyshadesofbrixton on June 21st, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
Thank you so, so much! The last thing we ever wanted to do was be a strain on anyone, so giving within your means is absolutely the most meaningful thing you can do for us. ♥ It might be tiny to you, but it's a footstep for us, and those have added up in an amazing way. Thank you so much for your generosity!