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Last Online on 07/16/18 10:13PM

Current Status: Been trying to vote for days, it keeps saying "access denied"on every members page. I thought they resolved the site issues because I was able to vote last week. Sorry friends, I'm trying.

Location: Milford, Virginia

Gender: Female

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My Story name is Lynn and I am in desperate need of a car as all of you are as well. I live in a rural area of Virginia and there are no taxi's or buses. I am right between Richmond and Fredericksburg, about 10 miles from each, yet there are no buses here to take anyone to either city. I have a full time job and a part time job and I need a car to get to my jobs. I knew my car had been in trouble for about 6 months, but I haven't had the money to get it repaired. I did replace the water pump and tires in February but I didn't have enough to fix the transmission. It has been getting progressively worse for the past couple of months but I also say a little prayer before I turn it on each day and a little prayer of thanks when I get home from work each day. However, this morning at 3:30 a.m. it finally "died". It wouldn't go in reverse and it wouldn't go into drive either, so, that's the end of the car because I can not afford to have the transmission replaced. It has 192K miles on it so I know I just have to let it go. I know everyone has a story, and I am sure mine is not as bad as many others, but I will share a little of my story with you. I have 3 kids, my oldest,Destiny, was born with Type 1 Diabetes, she is now 32 years old and last year she lost her sight. She is what is called a "brittle diabetic", which means her body is resistant to insulin. She lives 420 miles away and I try to visit her twice a year, I would love to see her more but my finances don't allow it. My middle child is Allie and she just had a baby in December, she lives only 2 hours from me but she doesn't have a car and I try to pick her up and bring her and my grandson to my home at least once a month for 5 days at a time, she is a single mom and I am the only support system she has. My youngest is Joey and he lives with me and recently graduated high school. He is a wonderful kid and he just hired as a shift supervisor at Starbucks, he was supposed to start next Tuesday, but now that is on hold because he doesn't have a car so he was relying on me to get him to and from work. Joey suffers from depression and anxiety disorder and was hospitalized the first week of May because he was in a dark place and couldn't see any light, but he is now on medication and sees a therapist every 2 weeks which is covered with Medicaid and I hated to see the disappointment on his face this morning when he realized the car is useless now. I feel helpless right now, I can't get to work, I can't get my son to work, I can't see my daughter once a month and there is absolutely no way to visit my daughter in Rhode Island. I got a ride to work this morning from one of the managers. I called to let them know what happened and the manager on duty offered to leave the store and pick me up, and she said she would do this when we work the same shift, but we often work opposite shifts, and I had no way to get to my part time job today. I feel like I am on a sinking ship...things were already hard, that's why I work 2 jobs. I can't afford to miss time from work and I am scared I will lose one or both of my jobs if I don't have reliable transportation. When I left my husband 5 years ago after 30 years of misery, I promised myself and my kids that life would get better, and although I can now go to sleep without fear, I have a whole different kind of fear, a fear of not being able to have a place to call home,or not being able to pay the utilities, a fear of not seeing my kids, or not being able to help my kids when they need me. Please, Please, Please help me to get a car. I will do all I can to help you, I will vote daily, and I will share votes too. Thank you so much for reading my story.