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I'll Lose My Job If I Can't Get My Car Repaired Soon! Please Help!

My Story:

I'm a single father, and I recently relocated from Nebraska to California to be a bigger part of my 14-year-old son's life. He lives with me part of the time, and I pay child support as well. I recently changed jobs when I moved and began working full-time for the county and part time for Bell Lumber and Pole, where I have been employed for the past year. Between working two jobs, I don't have a lot of free time, but when I'm able to find the time, I love to spend time with my son outdoors going fishing, hiking, and hunting.

Between the move, the child support payments, the court costs for the custody battle, and the pay cut that I took to move, I'm living entirely paycheck to paycheck. It's been difficult to manage my financial situation, and since moving, I've always been worried that one unexpected expense could really put me under water. My fears were realized when my vehicle broke down last week.

Because my finances have been so tight, I've been forced to delay some basic maintenance on my car, which has finally caught up to me. Now, there are a number of repairs that I need to have done ranging from steering and suspension to having my windshield replaced to having some engine repairs done. The cost of all of these repairs is too much for me to bear on my own, but I desperately need to get back on the road if I'm going to keep working both of my jobs.

Right now, I'm just barely managing by getting rides from others, but I can't do that for much longer and need assistance with these repairs please. My car is so important to my ability to make a living for myself and my son too, and I would be so grateful for any help that I can get with these repairs. I'm trying to build a stable foundation for myself so that I can better support my son, and I want to say 'thank you' to all of the generous and kind people who allow me to do that.

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