This letter is made by kenneth kuykendall husband of my friend merriam. i just copy this from his recent fundraising in gofundme.com. since i dont have money to give them because i was also in difficult time. thats why i made this to help them to reach their goals.
My wife is from the Philippines, and is now a permanent resident of America. She had a difficult life in the Philippines. She grew-up poor and worked in the rice and onion fields on Luzon Island. Her life did not improve when the father of her two sons died from complications associated with diabetes. However, her life changed drastically when I traveled to the Philippines on vaction. We met and quickly fell in love. I proposed, then unfortunately had to leave the country to go back to work as a public school teacher in rural Alaska. It took me a year, but I was able to get a fiance visa for her to come to America the following summer, but on a teacher's salary I could not afford to bring her two sons with her right away. So she had to leave them with her mother and father to be with me. This was one of the most difficult decisions she ever had to make, but if she wanted to have a better life for herself and her two boys, she knew she had to make the sacrifice. Artmir and Armi were unable to travel with us due to the additional visa requirements, Philippine travel documents, and air travel costs. So at the time, my wife-to-be had to make a short-term sacrifice for a long-term goal. So she came with me, and we soon married. It did not take long before my wife conceived our daughter the first winter in Alaska we lived together. The upcoming arrival of our daughter filled our hearts with joy, but my wife still missed her boys terribly. She also wanted to be near her family for support when she had our daughter, so we went back to the Philippines to have the baby. Having our daughter in the Philippines was an adventure for me, and allowed us to stay with the boys for several months and really connect as a family, but then we had to return to the U.S. yet again (and still could not afford to bring them with us). So with very heavy hearts, we brought our daughter back to America with us, but were forced to leave the two boys in the Philippines (yet again). At this point, we have relocated to Texas, and I haven't been able to afford the filing fees for the boys visas yet (over $800), Philippine passports ($50), round-trip flights for my wife, myself, and our daughter (approximately $4,500 all together) one-way tickets for the boys (approximately $2,000 each) and rent and living expenses abroad (while we wait in-country for passports to be processed and delivered) $1000. The estimated cost to go get the boys disheartens me, because my wife has had to make not one, but two of the most difficult decisions any mother could ever have to make (not once, but twice already). So don't fault me for not wanting to see her have to make that same sad decision for yet a third time. Currently, the boys have not seen their mother since April, and to be honest, I don't know when we will be able to afford to go back. We do plan to return as quickly as we can, but my financial circumstances have changed. As a result, we will have to wait for an undetermined amount of time, before we can file for their visas and go get them. My wife's boys are only 10 and 5 currently, but they are growing fast, and need their mother. I hate that money is standing in the way of our family being whole again. I want to help my wife to get her boys to America quickly, and that is why I have chosen this method to seek assistance. Therefore, if you can help make our dream a reality, and are willing to open your heart to help us to reunite our family, your donation will make a real difference. Any donation to help is thankfully appreciated. I don't normally seek help from others, because I am a proud man. But in this instance, when it comes to making my wife and her two boys happy, I will do whatever it takes to help them. Thank you for taking the time to read this, for your interest, and for your kind heart.