Keeping A Homeless Penguin's Possessions Safe

For: Amanda K aka Penguin
Portland, OR
Organizer: Amanda K
Keeping A Homeless Penguin's Possessions Safe (Amanda K aka Penguin)
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The Story

I'm still in need of a little help. I tried to get my July storage paid before the close of the 31st, but was unable to get the funds together in time. I have part of it, but not all. So on 8/1, August storage rent gets added on, another $280. My goal here is $500 to cover any more late fees and lockout fees on top of the $600+ I'll owe starting tomorrow (I'm writing this on 7/31).

One may ask why I'm unable to find employment. I'm switching from using retail as my fallback to finding other work that pays better and is a better use of my abilities and training. Also, I'm disabled, and many retail establishments want healthy people who can stand on their feet for several hours, etc. I can't. I'm working with VocRehab to get work and I have a feeling we're getting close. 

I'm also taking the needed steps to get back to school and finish my degree. Life takes patience. Unfortunately, not everyone out there has the patience. Especially companies. 

I'll keep updating as much as possible. I want to get this paid up as soon as humanly possible. Every little bit helps.

My backstory: I was evicted in March of this year and am currently homeless, staying with friends. Me and my cat, Portia, are struggling, but we're scraping by most of the time. The items in the storage unit I'm trying to get paid up are everything I own. From clothes to costumes to fabric to furniture, down to my piano, which is my legacy purchase from my dad's estate. He wanted me to get back into music so much. But he passed away before I could get a piano. I used some of the funds from the estate settlement to buy it. His coffin flag is also in there. He was a WWII Vet.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 17, 2017

Posted on August 17, 2017

Please share and keep this going. I hate asking, but right now I'm getting turned down for jobs w/o even an interview. My whole life is in that 8x20 unit. Any help is appreciated. 

Posted on August 15, 2017


Posted on August 15, 2017

Just a quick note... I really can't afford to let it delay any further. I'll post more tomorrow, but this is urgent. Any help will be greatly appreciated. 

Posted on August 14, 2017

Posted on August 14, 2017

Checking in from YouCaring! Portia is napping next to me and I've been busy all weekend. On this evening's blog post, I mentioned the back story of some of the items close to my heart that are stuck in storage where I can't get to them. That's down under the line of asterisks. Any help is greatly appreciated. 

So, I'm gonna get all sentimental on my stuff in storage. Bear with me...

My father served in WWII. After he died in 2014, I (eventually) received his coffin flag, even though we have yet to do any kind of ceremony. That in and of itself, is a LONG story of family dramatics I'm not getting into here. His flag is in storage.

Several months before he died, we had this conversation:

Me: So, I want to get back into playing piano. I'm thinking of saving up and buying an electric one.
Dad: Why don't we try and send the old piano up to you?
Me: Dad, it would cost more than that thing is worth to transport it up here.
Dad: I'm sure we could figure something out.
Me: Besides, the only place for me to put it is the wall where the sleeping alcove for the studio next door is. I'm not going to torment my poor neighbor.
(The rest of the call went a lot like that. The next day, I got an email from my sister accusing me of trying to get dad to buy me a piano, which is not what happened.)
Me: Hi dad.
Dad: Uh-oh, what did I do? (an ongoing gag with the two of us then)
Me: Did you talk to ***** recently?
Dad: Yes. What happened?
Me: I got an email from her accusing me of trying to get you to buy me a piano.
Dad: I said nothing like that.
Me: Why did you even tell her?
Dad: Well, I was excited you wanted to get back to music.
Me: Proud? (my dad was a pretty laid back person)
Dad: Yeah. You were always so happy and upbeat back then. I would love to see you get back to that.
Keep in mind, I had no clue he even ever really paid attention to it back then, let alone be proud. This is just how my family has been.

When he died later that year, I knew that whatever I got from the estate, at least some of it would go toward an electric piano. And it did. That piano, like all my other things, is in storage. I can't lose what my dad wanted me to so desperately have again.

Some of my mother's quilting pattern pieces. Also a large chunk of my fabric. And my sewing machine.

My costumes, which range from ones I designed and my mother sewed up for me, to ones I sewed, to pieces purchased from others. Furniture that has a lot of sentimental value.

And so much more. This is all why I'm so desperate to keep my stuff in there safe and in my hands. I ask for that help once again. I know I owe at least $650, and have a bit less than half that... even if you can't help financially, please consider sharing or retweeting this post. The more people who see it, the better my chances are.

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