Hi there! My name is Eirene Stamos. I am a sixteen year old girl living in Oviedo, Florida with my father Stefanos, my little brother George, and my stepmother Katerina. I moved to the Orlando area after the passing of my mother five years ago. I attended St. Luke's Lutheran School for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade and have now moved onto my junior year at Oviedo High School. I used to struggle in school, more so in my elementary years, but now I have managed, through the constant help and support of my father, to become a straight A student and currently have a 4.2 GPA. Since my freshman year of high school I have gotten over 300 volunteer hours from coaching cheerleading and track and field for younger children, as well as spending my Saturday mornings volunteering at Oviedo ER which is our local medical center. This volunteership means a lot to me as I aspire to pursue a career in the medical field in the future. I am currently employed part time at Claire's jewelry store at the Oviedo Mall and receive On the Job Training credits from my high school as well as pay. I babysit for family friends, as well as pet-sit for my neighbors. The reason that I am reaching out for contributions is because our current financial status does not allow my parents to afford the cost of my car as they need to prioritize accordingly with basic necessities.
Why do I need a car?
Where my family and I live there is no means of public transportation which means the only way for me to get to school every morning, work every evening, and to wherever else I may need to go, is by driving. Without my own car I will be relying on my parents to be my transportation- although with their busy schedules there come days where they aren't able to take me where I need to go which means some days I may not be able to go and coach, or go to the ER. With my own car I will be able to go where I need to, whether it be work or helping my community, without having to rely on anyone but myself.
What would getting a car mean to me?
Finally reaching my goal and being able to drive away in my VW Beetle would mean many things for me. It will give me the freedom to be able to go and pursue one of my most anticipated dreams of being able to go volunteer at Nemours Children's Hospital which is too far for my parents to transport me to. I will also have the liberty to drive myself to work, just as well, it will give me social freedoms- I will be able to meet and drive my friends places and go and have a good time.
What is my goal?
My goal is to have my car by January 2016. I am asking for contributions to help reach my goal of 5,000$ for the initial down payment of my car. As of now, every two weeks I will be able to put aside a minimum of 115$ with the money I make from Claire's, pet-sitting and babysitting. I am also currently pursuing other job opportunities to help get me more hours.
A message to my family:
Thank you all for taking the time to read through this, and for putting me in your thoughts and consideration. With the holidays coming up all I ask is, instead of sending me gifts or giving me cash to spend- please make a small contribution into my fund, as attaining this goal will be the greatest gift of all and I will have all of you to thank for helping me reach it. :)