I'm appealing to anyone and everyone, no donation is too small.
Basically, I'm starting this fundraiser to try to give some help to my family because I'm not in a position to help them myself - and as much as I need help too, my family is in much greater need than I am. Every-time I visit I buy food to help feed them, I try to get my parents out of the house, I lend them what little money I can spare but I'm unable to make any real difference.
So, to give you some sort of idea of where they're at:
My Dad currently works less than part-time hours per week, has been laid-off twice in ten years and is currently starting counselling for depression. This man has tried to be there through family crisis after family crisis for the last ten years and somewhere along the line that's going to take its toll on you. He mostly sleeps when he's not working, doesn't eat much and the smile behind his eyes is gone. I don't mean to be poetic, but what once was the happiest, highest-spirited and smart-mouth joker in our house has been reduced to curling up on the couch, or bed, struggling with feelings of despair and hopelessness.
My Mum, what can I say, she's a saint. This woman has always put her family first, always. Even when she was battling breast cancer she never once complained. She gave up her work to care for my grandfather, through years of illness. She's Wonder Woman, honestly. Now, she works 12 hour shifts, caring for sick, elderly and special needs patients for minimum wage, on minimum contract hours. On top of this, she tries her best to be there for my five siblings, my dad, and her recently widowed mother and her brother, who is also special needs. She never asks for anything, ever.
So I knew when she asked me to apply for a loan for her so she could get a new (not brand new, but just a working) car that she didn't have to worry about breaking down, or over-heating, or smoking - I knew that 'was her last hope and I felt like the worst daughter in the world because I couldn't help.
I'm starting this fundraiser to help my family, any and all donations are greatly appreciated. This will go towards a new car fund, help with school uniforms, food, utilities, heating and also to help with my dad's counselling costs.