Ok, I’m going to put myself into another uncomfortable spot.
I’ve carefully followed my Christmas budget, and I’ve laid out my plans to work extra hours the next two months, and I have wonderful family members who will help me out in a pinch, but…
I’m afraid some unforeseen bill or expense will ruin my chance to take my daughter on her class trip.
The OCP class has had some good donations, but final payment for the cabins is Jan. 10. After that will be figuring out how to get us all down to embarkation (thirty-ish kids and adults). Will we be pooling vehicles and drivers, or will we charter a bus for the group? Will we drive all night, or be able to get a hotel?
The teachers have been encouraging smaller donations from friends and family, like Christmas or Happy New Year cards sent directly to the class with a donation enclosed. (That was exciting to see.) Allstate is offering $5 to the class for every name/address/phone/e-mail contact that agrees to go through an insurance quote, but the quote has to be completed before they donate. (Personally, I’d rather just donate the $5 directly to the class.) One of the other class parents, Mr. Coggeshall, has set up a place to donate on his Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/donate/762484663944324/ (The link isn’t working, but you can find it on my FB page. I’ll keep fiddling with it.) The class is sponsoring a “Hat Day” in the school, where students get to wear a hat all day if they donate $1. (I’ll post a picture if I can.)
Here is the local news report for the trip. http://www.wistv.com/story/37125565/midlands-students-to-get-job-experience-on-cruise-ship
So, rather than just corporate donations, we are pleased to accept any help at all, no matter how small. The school address is River Bluff High School, 320 Corley Mill Road, Lexington, SC 29072, and make sure it’s marked Attn.: Occupational Credential Program Class Trip. The teacher’s contact information are Benjamin Dangerfield at firstname.lastname@example.org and Karen Rozmus at email@example.com
Just so you know, I promised myself I’d never monetize my blog, or my exploratory writing in general. Although I admire the people who have the self-confidence to follow that path, I won’t accept payment for my writing until I have proof-of-concept in the form of a finished product. Anything I post here is purely to help other writers, even if it’s just to NOT make the same mistakes I have. I had a “bootstrap” upbringing (for better or worse), and while I have been able to ignore it when it comes to the help other people NEED, I an unable to escape it in my own mind. This plea is about as close as I can stand to asking for help, because it’s for her, and all the other kids with big dreams.
Happy New Year, y’all, and Happy Writing!