Mark and Michelle's Winter Fund-erland

$1,775raised of $600 goal

Organizer: Mark Hale Beneficiary: Mark Hale and Michelle Ransdell

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Hi, my name's Mark Hale. You may know me from around the web as the co-founder of @FakeAPStylebook on Twitter, or from my days as a comics blogger, or from talking about my cats on my personal Twitter account.

Several things have led to hard times for my wife and me recently. I'm legally blind, or near to it, and can't drive, making work hard for me to find in a sprawling city like Louisville. Several long bouts of unemployment have only made the job search harder, and a recent seasonal job has put a dent in what little money I get due to my disability.

My wife is a school bus driver, proud of the work she does and glad to have what she calls "a grown-up job." Unfortunately over this school year, and particularly the last two months, sick days and snow days have compounded into more financial and medical issues. Recent psychiatric care she has sought only threaten to make this worse.

Between the stresses and the bills and the weather, we've stretched to the point of breaking and could use a little something to--literally--keep the lights on. Catching up on our water, electric, gas and medical bills would lift a huge strain off of our minds and backs.

(That's a picture of our cat Dusty. She's perfectly healthy, just bewildered by everything all the time.)


by Mark Hale
Thank you all SO MUCH for your help! As I've said, we covered all our outstanding bills with a bit of room left over, and it's been a huge relief.

One thing I mentioned on Twitter but not here is that, a week ago, my wife Michelle checked herself in at a local psychiatric hospital. That was the impetus behind starting this fundraiser but I didn't want to feel like I was using it to garner sympathy--and I don't know that she would've been pleased at me sharing the info, anyhow!

She was only there a few days, but they helped her immensely, got her through a very rough few days, and it was a great surprise for her to come home and see that we had gotten all this help from you.

It's just been a wonder. Thank you all so much.
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by Mark Hale
? Gas and Electric
? Water
? Internet
? Car Insurance

And room to spare for next months bills besides. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. You've given us the brain power to deal with our stresses that CAN'T be dealt with via money.
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by Mark Hale
Your generosity has allowed my wife and I cover the overdue balance on our gas and electric bill with room to spare! Thank you!
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