Dina Needs Reinforcements

For: Dina James
Astoria, OR
Organizer: Dina James
Dina Needs Reinforcements (Dina James)
of $2,000 goal
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Raised by 27 donors
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The Story

Those of you who know me know just how difficult this is to write. I don't ask for help.

Well, I didn't. That was before Multiple Sclerosis managed to find a crack in my armor and sank its fangs into me. Now I'm broken, and fighting is a lot harder than it used to be. For years living with this illness, it was understood that if I need help, I will ask for it.

That time is now.

Without going into detail, the James Household is struggling. A lot of things happened over the past year that put us behind on things and there's more coming up. For background – I'm a disabled writer, and my husband is a disabled veteran. We are on a very limited income and I have cut corners and expenses every place I can think of, and while it's helped a little, it's not enough to fix things. I know how to budget and keep a strict eye on my finances. We live alone in a modest home with our four special needs cats and our senior schizophrenic (for which he takes medication) dog. There just isn't anything else I can pull pennies from and make headway.

I need help with the vet bill. My veterinary hospital is the very best. They have always been there for us. We lost our special Bee girl (you can read more about her here) in November. We already had a small bill before she got sick, and several things have happened since. We haven't been able to pay the balance off in months, and are fortunate our vet allows us make monthly payments which keeps it fairly stable.

Paying it off would not only give us breathing room in our beyond-shoestring budget, but would alleviate the huge strain it puts on my calm. I know that doesn't sound like much, but stress is extraordinarily bad for MS. It will send me into a relapse, and your help would do so much for me and my family.

The goal I've set will pay off the vet bill and vaccinations for those who are due them. Anything left over will be put toward future balances and a donation to the vet's Angel Fund, which helps people who can't pay their bill and animals who are homeless/in shelter.

While this is YouCaring and no “perks” are required, I would like to give something back to those helping us out. As I said before, I'm a writer, and I'm going to be releasing a paranormal story in an anthology with Skyla Dawn Cameron. Any donation of $10 or more gets an e-copy of the anthology when it comes out later this year (aiming for June).

I have one set of the Special Edition (that is, not for sale on any platform/private printing available only at signings/giveaways) Stranger Things (All Wounds and Time Heals) books, along with a print copy of my collected short stories, and a copy of The Eternal Kiss YA anthology. $25 or more will put your name into a drawing for these books (international okay.) I will sign/personalize them if that's your thing.

I'm also a knitter, and if you want to get wild and donate $100, I will knit you a hat (Cunning or otherwise).

If you go off the rails and donate $500 or more, I will knit you a Harry Potter Year One/Two scarf in the House of your choosing (or something else of that skill level if you're not into HP).

Thank you in advance for reading, and your help. I appreciate you sacrificing your latte/lunch money/allowance for my furbrats. Any amount means a great deal to me, and I don't say that lightly. Even just a signal boost is enough if you can't spare pennies this month. (I've been there. Wait, I AM there!)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 2, 2017

Posted on June 2, 2017

Thank you all again, so much, for all your help! Those who contributed $10 or more (I think that's all of you!) will be getting your e-ARCs of the Hauntings novellas today, so watch your inboxes for those. I'm using the email address provided by YouCaring, so if you see this and don't get yours, let me know and we'll sort that out. I'm sending PDF format, but have others available for specific e-readers if you have one. If you want a different format, hit me up and we'll see what I can do.

Hats are being made and will be sent out as I get them finished. Again, many, many thanks. We are so grateful!

Posted on May 22, 2017


Posted on May 22, 2017

As promised, here are the receipts. Also included is a picture of hat one of twelve (there were supposed to be fourteen but that donor wanted to trade in her hats for something else). I have yet to hear back from one other donor about their color preferences though I've emailed twice, so if I don't hear anything by the end of the month, that one will become a cat blanket and donated to my animal hospital. I will be using the email addresses provided here to send ebooks to those who donated, and to contact everyone regarding their various things. (I'll need snail mail addresses for some of you, in order to send your hats!) There's still the drawing for my books I intend to do on June 1, and I'll need a place to send them.)

Thank you all again, so much, for all your support. The James Household is exceedingly grateful.

Posted on May 18, 2017

Posted on May 18, 2017

We're closing in on the finish line, you all. Amazing, every one of you. We are all so very grateful for your assistance. I was at wits' end, and now we can all breathe a little. Our shoestring budget has a little wiggle room in it now for unexpected expenses (and we've all been there), and that's entirely due to you. My veterinarian would also like to extend their thanks, as for the first time in months, our balance is under four digits. When I make the next payment, I will take and post a photo of the paid receipts. Thank you all once again.

Ebooks will be going out to those who donated for them by the first of June, 2017. The drawing for my books will be held then too, even if we don't make the total goal. I think two months of fundraising is plenty, and have made a hell of a dent in the vet balance. You all rock!

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