It’s no easy task asking for help. Since May of 2019, we have been without a family car. We (myself and my four children ages 8, 6, 4, and 23 months) spent much of our summer walking to get to places we needed to around the city.

My two older children began attending a local charter school this year. I had to transfer them from the public school they were attending due to my oldest child dealing with near daily bullying from her classmates, peers, and bus mates. My second eldest would occasionally deal with it as well. The school only did so much to help. Unbeknownst to me at their time of registration was the fact that there would be no public transportation to and from school as had been our previous experience. We scrambled to find a solution, and when the new year started in August, my mother graciously allowed us to utilize her car temporarIly. Around Thanksgiving, however, my mother had to take it back due to my dad’s car breaking down.

We have struggled this January and a little in December with having a way to get my older girls to and from school. So far, they have had to miss at least four days out of school because of it. This does not factor in other sick days they have had to take so far this entire school year. Their school only allows for 10 days of excused/unexcused abscences per year regardless of the reason. (*Yes, I have also reached out to school officials explaining our situation). My ex husband has been able to help some the last two weeks, but I am uncertain of how long he would be able to do so.

I say all of this to say that we are indeed in need of another car for several reasons. Getting my girls to school without the worry of “how” is one of them. We have also not been able to get to as many doctors appts due to not having a car.

I presently am unable to work due to not being able to find a job that will pay a high enough wage ($20/HR+) to fund childcare as well as not having a strong/consistent enough backup support system in case anything were to happen with my kids (early pick up, illness, etc). As a single parent, I have mostly been caring for my children on my own for several years now. In addition to this, there is a severe shortage of legitamate, functionable stay at home opportunities. Trust of childcare providers both public and private is also very slim since my older three children have been subjected to abuse, sexual molestation, and/or neglect from various caregivers over the last few years.

I have been out of work since October of 2018, and extreme poverty has been closely akin to us for quite some time. My attempts at trying to fan to flame my musical talents since then have been more discouraging than encouraging. I digress on that issue.

Our little family has many needs. Bills are piling up. & Hope is somewhat diminishing that I would be able to provide my children with a better life. For now, I simply am asking for assistance with the purchase of a used car, something preferably $3500 and under that could comfortably and reliably accomodate all of us. The remainder of the money would be spent to pay off an insurance debt and then cover insurance coverage for about 1 year.

If you can help tangibly, it’d be greatly appreciated. It’s one small step for our family which could lead to another. Thanks for reading, and please consider donating and/or sharing our story.

Donate at: Gofundme.com/f/Murray-Family-Car

God Bless!

Sequana ❤