ashbet: (Bastian 2015)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] jola at buy some perfume, save a kitty
crossposted to Tumblr for easy sharing

Perfumer (and long time friend) Astrid of Blooddrop is having a fundraiser perfume for a kitten that was dumped on her doorstep - kitty needs de-worming, spay and vaccines. Fundraiser is here: http://www.blooddrop.com/category_124/A-Kitten-Benefit.htm For $25 + shipping you get to help this adorable little kitten *and* get a wonderful bottle of perfume for yourself or someone you like "Her perfume is sweetened milk, rice flower, soft sandalwood, vanilla musk, peony, osmanthus, and a little perky blend of sweet citruses". If you live in or near Michigan and looking for a kitten this one will eventually need a forever home!

Any sort of signal boosting is really very appreciated if you would like to help but cannot afford to or you hate perfume (monster!! lol). Astrid already has tons of animals and just cannot financially handle the costs of one more, especially now w/ the holidays and trying to replace her beloved horse that recently passed away. This is a lovely fundraiser and i hope it gets some attention.

... also the perfume sounds pretty damn boss and i purchased one!
ashbet: (Bastian 2015)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] praxedes_osaka at Gatlinburg Fire Update Signal-Boost
There are plenty of organizations who are working to help those who have been displaced by the fires in Sevier County, obviously, but the Sevier County Humane Society had to be evacuated last night, and numerous animals are going to be impacted by the loss of property and the ongoing evacuations in the Gatlinburg area.

The Knoxville-area Humane Society has started a crowd-funding for the Sevier County Humane Society.

Sevier County Humane Society Fire Relief

More info )
ashbet: (Andi + Kira October 2016)
Concrete guide and excellent scripts to use when confronting bigotry and working to open the minds of potential allies. Good stuff!!

https://captainawkward.com/2016/11/21/guest-post-a-post-election-guide-to-changing-hearts-and-minds/

"Many of us are grappling with how to use our skills and influence to resist the upcoming Trump administration and the hatred and violence that it inspires. As Captain Awkward readers, we’ve been practicing setting boundaries, standing up for our values, and making it awkward for the right person. We are uniquely prepared for a crucial part of the next few months or years: changing the minds of people who support the Trump administration, and standing up to the abusers they are empowering. This post teaches scripts and techniques to do these two tasks, along with the theory behind them. It’s for people living in the U.S., but it may be useful to people living elsewhere as well."

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ashbet: (Ashbet)
My amazing friend Kali is working on an idea that might be able to provide direct help to vulnerable people most affected by the new administration:

https://www.facebook.com/kali.blaze.98/posts/1162723357150766?pnref=story

"I have mentioned in a couple places that I am thinking about trying to put together something inspired by the Underground Railroad to help our LGBT community and (if the ACA falls) disabled folks relocate to more hospitable states. Whenever things get ugly, a lot of privileged liberals ask, "Why don't they just move?" They don't understand that for the most vulnerable folks, 'just move' somewhere safer feels about as likely to happen as 'just move' to the moon.

My plan has 3 key parts. First, we need a network of waystations, people who will give the people we're helping somewhere to stay for the night. Second, we need places for the people we're helping to stay in liberal areas while they get hooked up with social services (if appropriate) and find places to live. Third, it's going to take money and resources to run this all - gas cards, frequent flyer miles, any rental or moving companies that would work with us, relationships with motel chains or restaurant chains or gas chains that might give us discounts, money to help with deposits on new places to live, anything and everything we can use to help make moves easier.

If I'm going to do this, I guess I'll have to put together a nonprofit for this purpose. I'm tentatively calling this entity Come Home Safe. Obviously, I can't do this alone. Even if I was healthy, there's so much to do! So I figured I would ask if any of my friends would be interested in joining me to put this together."


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There's more, if you click through. I'm absolutely willing to serve as a Texas waystation, although my own finances are such that I could provide a bed and food, but not financial donations at this time. Still, if people who can't provide housing are willing to kick in to help fund the movement, I think this is something that could really help people in need directly.

Please comment on Kali's post, so that she can get notified of the responses.

(BTW, she does have a legal background, and has worked for legal nonprofits in the past, so she's not just a layperson offering to set something like this up -- she does have relevant contacts and experience in the field.)

It's not a one-person job -- she has the same genetic disorder that I do, so spoons are limited -- but she's someone I'd trust to bring this movement to life :)

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ashbet: (Bastian 2)
Signal-boosting for my friend Trish -- if you have any questions, contact info is in the text. Please repost to help two DFW-area kitties who need new homes!

>>>I have been pet sitting for two wonderful cats who, unfortunately, are in need of a new home or homes. They are both sweet cats with very different personalities, so I will write each up by itself. They CAN go to different homes since they are not bonded to one another.

Rose : Rose is a very sweet, small kitty around 4 years old. She is spayed. She's the most gorgeous cream with light orange markings and crystal blue eyes. She has a little bump on her nose that has always been there, and it adds to her character. We often called her squeaker, because she has this soft squeaky little meow. Once she warmed up after a few days, she slept with me on the bed every night. She's a little lap cat!

Sky : I had been told Sky was 'aloof', but once she gave us a few days, she became an attention HOG! She is also spayed, and is a tabby with beautiful green eyes. She is around 6 years old. Sky would probably do best as a single pet, or at least single cat. For the first week, if she felt threatened (by another animal or by being unsure what you were doing), she would lunge and swat at you (claws not out) as a warning. Now that she feels more secure and we are used to what she likes and doesn't, that rarely happens (this is our 2nd week sitting for them). She purrs like a machine, rubs against you, and even gives kisses. She isn't exactly a lap cat, but at night if there are no other cats on the bed, she will come sleep next to you. She loves to be around people.

If you are interested in either of these cats, feel free to contact Al and Donna Baron, who run the Plano Pets Are Inn business, at 972-424-8400 so they can arrange things.

Please open your hearts and homes to these sweet kitties! Believe me, if my husband would allow us to have more animals at least one would be staying with us. It's not an option for us, but a great opportunity for you!





More pics: )
ashbet: (Bastian 2013)
URGENT - DFW-area people, please signal-boost! These sweet kitties need homes ASAP!

If there is anything I can do to help them get to new owners, just ask -- I can pick up, drive, etc.

I'd foster them myself, but my own kitties' health needs make that impossible -- but I really hope they can find loving homes!

http://naamahdarling.tumblr.com/post/150287031996/myheart-istheworstkindofweapon

They are about 3 month old (litterbox trained and all), and really are in desperate need of a home. My apartment won’t allow us to keep them, and I really don’t want them to end up in a shelter or on the streets. They are by far some of the most intelligent, most playful, and most loving kittens I have ever seen in my life. They are very sociable and would do well with other pets and/or children.

There are 2 females and 2 males.

The first two pictures are of Jett, a calico female with green eyes. The second two are of Dio, a white, brown, tan, and golden male tabby with blue eyes. The next are of Jagger, a tan and brown male tabby with grey blue eyes. And the last two are of Rose, a pale calico/tabby female with bright blue eyes.


More details about each kitten on the Tumblr post!!



[Public entry, feel free to reblog]
ashbet: (IntenseEyes)
https://www.gofundme.com/2jw2jj8

Ryan is a close friend of my lovely friend [livejournal.com profile] kittytoes, and he could really use some help right now with the costs of cancer treatment. Please donate if you can, and/or boost the signal -- both are really helpful!

Thanks, everyone! <3

* * *



If you know me, then chances are excellent that you know Ryan. He's every member of my family's best friend. He's wonderful and funny and amazing and right now he's got some things on his plate. In April, he was diagnosed with stage 4 nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma. Though stage 4 anything is terrifying, this type of cancer is very treatable and, in fact, Ryan is nearly through with what he hopes is the last of his chemo, with radiation therapy to follow. But here's where it gets tricky. Ryan was a research coordinator and has been on medical leave. However, the study he was working on has ended and his leave benefits will expire, so he will soon be unemployed. He is not quite done with treatment nor has he been cleared to work. (He's been handling chemo like a champ! But the multiple meds make him unpredictably nauseous and tired. He also has radiation therapy coming up for a spinal mass that currently makes it difficult to walk, stand, or sit for long periods of time.) He will face a gap in coverage before the end of his treatment and the beginning of his next job.
ashbet: (Abigor)
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/868127

Medscape Medical News
US Health System Failing America's Sickest Adults


Megan Brooks
August 30, 2016

Twelve million US adults have three or more chronic illnesses plus a functional limitation that makes it tough to perform basic activities of daily living, and the US health system is not meeting their needs, according to new research from the Commonwealth Fund.

"The sickest patients have the highest medical spending but cannot reliably get the healthcare they need, even though they have insurance," Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, MD, said in a news release.

"This is a sign that our healthcare system is failing its most vulnerable patients. Helping patients with the greatest needs should be among the very highest priorities for efforts to improve our current system," he said.

"We have known for a long time that there are very sick patients facing challenges in daily living and that our healthcare system has to do a better job of caring for them," added coauthor Melinda Abrams, Commonwealth Fund vice president for delivery system reform.

"This research shows us who they are, what their needs are, and how the system is, or isn't, working for them right now. This gives us a clearer picture of how to help them get and afford the care they need, so they're able to live their lives to the fullest extent possible," Abrams said.

Using nationally representative data from the 2009-2011 Medicare Expenditure Panel Survey, the researchers found that 1 in 20 Americans (5%) aged 18 years and older living in the community (or about 12 million people) suffer three or more chronic illnesses in addition to having a functional impairment.

Patterns of healthcare use and spending for this "high-need" group differ from those of other adults, including the 79 million with three or more chronic illnesses but no functional limitation, the researchers report.

For example, for high-need adults, average yearly per-person spending on healthcare services and prescription drugs is nearly three times the average for adults with multiple chronic diseases only (no limitations) and more than four times the average for all US adults.

High-need adults spend more than twice as much on average on out-of-pocket expenses as adults in the total population, yet their annual median household income is less than half that of the overall population. Out-of-pocket spending for adults with multiple chronic diseases and no functional limitation is about a third less than that of high-need adults, and their annual median income is about the same as adults in the overall population.

Table. High-Need Adults Have Higher Healthcare Spending and Out-of-Pocket Costs



"We are asking the sickest people to pay the most, when they have the lowest incomes," coauthor Gerard Anderson, PhD, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in the news release.

The report also notes that 20% of high-need adults went without or delayed receiving needed medical care or prescription medication in the past year, compared to just 8% of all Americans.

According to the authors, more than half of high-need adults are older than age 65, and nearly two thirds are women. They are also less educated than US adults overall and are more likely to be white, low-income, and publicly insured.

Improving Care for High-Need Patients

A separate report released today by the Commonwealth Fund looks at health system performance for high-need patients and finds significant room for improvement.

For example, it notes that the vast majority of high-need adults (96%) have some kind of health insurance, but that doesn't always guarantee access to care.

Thirty-two percent of high-need adults with private insurance have unmet medical needs, as do 28% of those with Medicaid, 15% of those with Medicare, and 14% of those with both Medicare and Medicaid. High-need Medicaid beneficiaries have a harder time getting referrals to specialists compared to high-need Medicare beneficiaries or individuals with private insurance, the report notes.

The authors say that efforts to improve healthcare and rein in costs have centered on patients with multiple chronic illnesses, and they say even more priority should be given to people with multiple chronic conditions and functional limitations.

"The health care system needs to work better for the highest-need, most-complex patients. This study's findings highlight the importance of tailoring interventions to address their needs," the authors write.

Specifically, they recommend that private insurers consider how benefits and provider networks can be improved to help high-need enrollees. State policy makers should consider how to ensure that high-need adults enrolled in Medicaid are able to access needed specialty care, they advise. Also, initiatives that seek to improve care for high-need patients should target those most apt to benefit and tailor programs to their unique characteristics and needs.

The Commonwealth Fund. "High-Need, High-Cost Patients: Who Are They and How Do They Use Health Care?" Published August 29, 2016.

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2016/aug/high-need-high-cost-patients-meps1

The Commonwealth Fund. "Health System Performance for the High-Need Patient: A Look at Access to Care and Patient Care Experiences." Published August 29, 2016.

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2016/aug/high-need-high-cost-patients-meps2


*Please feel free to share/signal-boost*
ashbet: (Lacrimosa 2)
https://www.youcaring.com/alumiere-pris-540030

Please help my friend [livejournal.com profile] alumiere pay for the pain meds that DON'T make her vomit -- she's below 95 pounds now, and struggling to get pain control.

The manufacturer discontinued their Patient Assistance Program, and she is really struggling to keep her weight at a level where she can function.

More details are here -- she also has items up for sale to try and raise money:

http://alumiere.livejournal.com/453267.html

Please help if you can, and signal-boost regardless -- thanks so much <3
ashbet: (Angel of Death)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] nonnycat at [unfiltered] Trans woman needs temporary housing in Boulder/Denver ASAP
My friend "Kit" is a trans woman in dire need of temporary housing. She is recovering from complications of major surgery, along with a "surprise" blood clot. Just as she got back on her feet, she was let go in a round of company lay-offs earlier this month.

Kit has to be out of her current residence by May 9th. She has a rental lined up to move into June 1st, but she has nowhere else to go during the time between. As a trans woman, options like homeless shelters are extremely dangerous and not an option.

This is why I'm asking for help. Kit needs a queer/trans-friendly place to crash between May 9th and June 1st. She has money to cover food for herself and other personal necessities during her stay.

Other things of note: Kit has no pets and is severely allergic to cats. She is also allergic to cigarette smoke, which causes breathing issues and migraines -- but, she's noticed she's okay if people smoke outside. She's 420-friendly.

Kit has no special requirements when it comes to sleeping arrangements; she's fine with a bed, a couch, or even a sleeping bag on the floor. The WiFi password so she can job hunt on her laptop would be great, too. ;)

Kit lives in the Denver/Boulder/Longmont area.

If anybody is able to assist with space for her to get on her feet again, please contact Kit at helpkitnow@gmail.com.

Thanks all! Please signal boost!

This entry was originally posted at http://nonny.dreamwidth.org/550276.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
ashbet: (SpottedBelly)


https://www.gofundme.com/ebrhv724

This sweet boy is in foster care, with a forever home lined up -- but he needs a lot of dental work to be comfortable and happy. His medical care has totaled $2500 so far -- his fosterer is my friend [livejournal.com profile] m_cobweb, so I can vouch for him getting everything he needs to have love and safety for the rest of his life.

Please help/signal-boost if you can?
ashbet: (Doll)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] naamah_darling at FIRST ROUND OF AUCTIONS!

 




Bear and I need to bring in some money for the move, so we're listing ponies, Buy It Now only, on Ebay.  Come check it out, and boost the links on Tumblr if you have one.  We'll be listing more as I get photos taken, but here's what we have for now:

You can see all my auctions here.


Talitha and Polaris, the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor ponies, are available here.


The snow ponies are still available; I've split the pair.  Flurry is here and Snowdrift is here.


You can see all Bear's auctions here.


Bear's Frankie Stein Monster High/My Little Pony mashup is right here.


Click the links for Bear's Grumpy Bear and Bedtime Bear baby pony customs.


Again, reblogging is much appreciated, as is, obviously, buying.  We are looking forward to moving in together finally but there's gonna be some expenses associated with that, and we could really use the help. 



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ashbet: (Lacrimosa 2)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] nonnycat at [unfiltered] Disabled Family, Rent, Hungry Cats
C&P from FB because I wrote a post nearly as long as I would've here.

We're in a bad state right now. We had been getting $700/mo in rent assistance, and we abruptly found out that it was canceled. On Scott's income alone, we run $200 over budget, and that's only bills, and it doesn't count household necessities like shampoo, toilet paper, menstrual supplies... cat food and litter...
We are desperate. I don't know how to pay rent, and our housing is at risk, plus our other utilities.

... )
ashbet: (Behind)
[livejournal.com profile] alumiere is a RL friend of mine, and she has really been struggling with an inhumane disability certification process.

If you can spare anything, please help or signal-boost!

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] alumiere at a little help?
Hi, my name is Kim and I could really use your help. My kitty Pris and my friends have been taking wonderful care of me but I'm disabled and out of work (I have fibromyalgia, Hashimoto's thyroid, chronic fatigue syndrome, transient global amnesia, and a host of co-morbid fubar including losing my hair), and barely get by since my partner broke up with me last year. I need to catch up on bills, refill the one medicine that isn't covered by medi-cal (that costs $500 for about 6 months worth) and go to the dentist, and I can't afford that. Anything you could give would make a big difference - even if it's just sharing this post with friends and family.

I've been selling off my stuff (clothes, furniture, jewelry, computer stuff, etc) since the breakup to make ends sort of meet, but it's not enough to take care of everything and almost all the extra stuff plus a lot of things I would have kept if I didn't need to sell them are gone. I should note that I'm waiting on Social Security and have been struggling with their hoops for 4+ years now; they agree I'm disabled but at the moment seem to think I can work a full-time job anyway (I can't - there are loads of days where I am glad to make it out of bed to the kitchen to feed myself). My family have been a huge help too, and Pris' needs are covered thanks to some wonderful friends, but they've got other problems and can't keep that up indefinitely.

So I'm trying to raise $5000 which should get me caught up and take care of a few months of life except if the dentist needs to do some serious work on my teeth. I know that's a lot of money, but if 500 people gave $10 each (the price of a fancy coffee), I'd be good for a while. Even $1500 would cover my prescription and next month. And any extra would go toward keeping me safe, healthy and in the room I'm renting. We both (Pris and I) like it here a lot - it's inexpensive, the other people in the building are nice and willing to help when I need it, and the location is perfect for both of us.

Please give us a hand if you can? And I totally understand if you're struggling too - I've helped out people when I could in the past, so I get it. But sharing this is a big help, because the more people who see it the more likely I'll get enough to pay for the things I need. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and anything you can do to help.

Thank You,

Kim (and Pris)






ashbet: (Lacrimosa 2)
[livejournal.com profile] hellsop and [livejournal.com profile] geekers lost their home and car to a fast-moving fire last night. Their renter's insurance had lapsed.

They made it out safely, with just the clothes on their backs and what they could grab running out the door, but the fate of their two cats is unknown.

Hoping and praying for a miracle for the kitties -- in the meanwhile, there is a GoFundMe set up to help with their immediate expenses. Please donate if you can, and signal-boost if you can't -- it's looking like everything they owned is a total loss.

http://www.gofundme.com/6p9hx5d86ps

Thanks for reading, and please feel free to quote/share this post to spread the word.

My heart goes out to them -- this is such a nightmare :/

ETA: They found one of the cats. She didn't make it. *heartbroken*
ashbet: (Lacrimosa 2)
Please reply to the original post if you know of any resources. These are my friends, and I very much hope that they can get some help.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] praxedes_osaka at Public Entry
[livejournal.com profile] rorekgwolfe is in the hospital for at least overnight with bi-lateral aspiration pneumonia. They've caught it early and they're treating it with antibiotics. However, he has been chronically underemployed in the past year and currently has no insurance. While the hospital is a not-for-profit hospital with charity and discount programs, it's unclear at this point what his hospital expenses are going to be.

If anyone knows any programs that help defer the costs of emergency hospital stays, or wants to help signal boost to help him out, it would be greatly appreciated.

If you're more comfortable pinging me directly, my email is osaka_chan7ATyahooDOTcom, and I'll help you in whatever way that I can.

He's my best friend and my roommate, and has been struggling to overcome some serious obstacles in his life. If anyone could help steer him toward some help, we'd both appreciate it.
ashbet: (Secret)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] naamah_darling at My girlfriend got robbed; please help out.
So on Monday, The Actual Bear was held at gunpoint, tied up, and robbed.  All her valuable stuff was taken out of her apartment, as well as $400 in cash.  She's physically unharmed besides a bruise on her head where one of the people smacked her with the butt of the gun, but . . . well . . . it could have been worse, yes, absolutely, and I'm grateful beyond measure that it wasn't, but it was still an awful thing to have happen.

Disturbingly, the perpetrators might very well live in the same apartment complex that she does.  Yes, that's messed up.  My point being, she's seen these people's faces, one of them has a gun, and they also took her keys.  The police are supposedly on this and her locks can be changed, but there's no telling how fast either of those things will happen and these assholes are still there in the meantime.

We need to get her out of that apartment complex and into a safer one, ASAP. 

More )
ashbet: (OutOfTheDark)


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1350078939/moonshot-the-indigenous-comics-collection

Produced by AH Comics Inc. (Titan: An Alternate History, Delta, Hobson's Gate, Jewish Comix Anthology) and edited by Hope Nicholson (Brok Windsor, Lost Heroes, Nelvana of the Northern Lights), MOONSHOT brings together dozens of creators from across North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of indigenous storytelling.

From traditional stories to exciting new visions of the future, this collection presents some of the finest comic book and graphic novel work in North America. MOONSHOT will be an incredible collection that will amaze, intrigue and entertain!

More )

The cover for this beautiful collection was painted by Stephen Gladue, a Cree artist from Vancouver, Canada. The image is based on a traditional Cree dancer with crow motif embellishments. The crow in many communities is a pathfinder with the power to speak, bringing messages of wisdom and acts as a spiritual storyteller.

MOONSHOT will be printed as a 200 page, full colour, high quality volume showcasing a wide variety of stories and artistic styles, highlighting the complex identity of indigenous culture from across North America. Most of the original stories created exclusively for this volume are between 5-10 pages, including pinup art and prose passages.

The traditional stories presented in MOONSHOT are with the permission from the elders in their respective communities, making this a truly genuine, never-before-seen publication!
ashbet: (Behind)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] naamah_darling at The Graveyard of Empires goes live at Indiegogo!
We were going to wait until later in the month to launch, but we are so broke we have to do it now.  Good news for you!



That thar's our fancy book trailer.

The Eden Kane series began with Sky Pirates of the Rio Grande, continued in Queen of the Sky Frontier, and will reach its awesome conclusion in The Graveyard of Empires.
 

In 1867 Eden Kane left her job at the Smithsonian and headed west, intending to find the fabled Dark Aetheric Transmitter and become an agent of the government.  Instead, she became a leader to the Brethren of the Sky - the airship pirates who control the western frontier.  The following year, she faced her greatest danger as the former Confederate General Hood plotted to become the overlord of the West and destroy Washington D.C.

Now, with three of his superior air-warships at her command, Eden has become a power to be reckoned with, and as the forces of a weakened government and scheming robber barons converge on the frontier, she must find what course she intends to steer, and hold to it.  With her constant companions - the Experimentals Zenobia Santiago and Diamondback Sally , Eden must try and carve out the destiny of the Brethren in the West - the Graveyard of Empires.
 
That's the synopsis!
 

The Indiegogo page is here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-graveyard-of-empires

When y'all check out, we urge everyone donating to use Paypal if they can, not credit cards.  We still get the money from credit card payments, but it takes much longer to reach us, and Paypal funds are available pretty much immediately.  We need it immediately.  We're not even treading water here.  We're going under and we need all the help we can get.

So please, donate.  Spread the word.  Help out.  I'm trying to be as positive as I can, but the truth is that I'm scared as hell.

This is going to be an awesome book, though, and it will be SO satisfying to have the trilogy wrapped.

Sargon has done a great job with the series so far and I really look forward to seeing where he takes it.

Please lend a hand if you can.
  This is . . . pretty much all we have.

Thank you.

ashbet: (Migraine)
By the way, guys -- this is what poverty in America looks like. Arbitrary, bureaucratic decisions, made in reaches distant from the people who depend on the social safety net for survival, decide that, suddenly, people who were deemed eligible for $250/mo for food, are suddenly only eligible for $50/mo for food, even though their circumstances haven't changed.

Because you can totally fucking live on $50/month for food, for two people. The benefits they receive are less than the cost of their mortgage, so this is a particularly cruel cut.

If you can help, or signal-boost, I would be eternally grateful. These are *my friends* getting fucked, and I am not even REMOTELY okay with it.

* * *

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] naamah_darling at We could really use y'all's help.
We took a big financial hit last week.  We had our food card benefits cut by $200 a month.

Not down to $200, but down by $200 to $50.

That's $50 a month for food for two people.

That's $200 a month that we were getting just gone.  And when you're already this close to the edge, that's a lot of money.

We need help, and we will continue to need help pretty damn desperately.

So I'm asking for help, because I don't know what else to do.  I don't have anything to offer.  I'm exhausted and at the end of my fucking rope, and run ragged keeping up with the campaign stuff as it is.  All I can do is just . . . hope that y'all will help me out.

If you send money to sargon999@hotmail.com via paypal, it will go to Sargon for bills and food and the mortgage and such.  The things we HAVE to pay for to survive.

If you send it to me at naamah@gmail.com, it will go to my medical care and to other incidentals -- the little shit you have to buy that sucks up all your fucking cash.  It will also go for vet bills. (Smooch needs to see the vet, and I can't afford the prescription he's going to get, which might be upwards of $100.)  Fair disclosure: some of it will also get saved for fun money, because I can't fucking do this without being able to do things for myself sometimes.  I'm not irresponsible, but I am human.

Gift cards for Amazon, Whole Foods*, Wal-Mart*, Target, Michaels, etc. are appreciated.

I'm working on putting together a wishlist of stuff it would be helpful not to have to pay for.  More on that in the next couple of days.

Please don't ask me to explain why they are cutting our benefits.  That just rubs salt in the wounds.  There isn't a reason, and there isn't anything we can really do about it.  We've asked.

*  I fucking hate them both, but they are in easily-accessible locations.  Wal-Mart's prices are low, and Whole Foods is bullshit but they carry the nutritional stuff I need.


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