April 21st, 2009
|04:21 pm - A wonderful, wonderful day|
After waking up with what appears to have been some mild food poisoning, I took the day off work to recuperate. This turns out to have been serendipitous, because I received a call back from the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's foreclosure prevention program!
I was able to meet with them today at 2:00 p.m. and by the time I left at 3:15, we had a repayment plan in place with my mortgage company!
The nitty-gritty details are in a post at accessiblehouse.
The upshot, though, is that with the help of my extraordinary friends I am no longer in danger of losing the home Ericka and I share. We still have a little bit of money to make up, and if you can help with that, swing by the auctions at accessiblehouse or the donation button on the community's profile page. But first take this message of hope and thanks and spread it far and wide.
People read about our plight and from places as far away as Norway and Australia, they reached out to help with what they could. With donations of $2 to $500, with most being in the $20-$50 range, they raised over $10,000 to save the home of someone that most of them had never met.
If that doesn't give you hope for humanity, I don't know what will. Thank you. Thank you all.
I'm glad to have helped even a little, but a bit disappointed nobody really wanted to bid on the chess set. (And perturbed at myself that I didn't realize that three or four pieces were broken -- very possibly a reason it didn't get more bids.) Oh, well -- maybe it'll sell in the next four days or so.
|Date:||April 21st, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)|| |
Actually got a bid on the chess set a few minutes after your comment!
In the words of Anne Frank 'People are really good at heart.'
Glad to have helped, even a little.
|Date:||April 22nd, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)|| |
I'm supposed to be getting a PayPal receipt and address from you, yes? Forgive me for missing it in the various mails that have been coming my way. I still want to get you the item you bid on! Could you send me the email you used to make the PayPal payment and your address through LJ's message system? That'll make it stand out from the rest of the mails and I'll be sure to get things to you right away!
|Date:||April 22nd, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)|| |
This is most excellent news.
Excellent news, which will not prevent me from mailing a little something to help, once I get around to it. (I've recently discovered a most useful word: "perendinate". It means "to put off until the day after tomorrow", whereas "procrastinate" means only "to put off until tomorrow", and I'm definitely a perendinator -- who might, perhaps, eventually get around to checking for the existence of a word meaning "to put off until year-after-next".)
But -- I hate to mention this -- I'm wondering if you've considered the possible need to pay Income Taxes on that money. I hope it's not necessary, and don't think it ought to be, but....
|Date:||April 22nd, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)|| |
I have not considered the taxes. A quick look at the gift tax FAQ
at the IRS seems to indicate that if anyone has to pay taxes, "The donor is generally responsible for paying the gift tax." There also seems to be a $12,000 exclusion for gifts to any single person. So the bits and bobs of gifts we've received are certainly well within that exclusion. Thanks for bringing up the topic too.
And thanks for thinking to send a little something to help, even if it is the day after tomorrow. :) That will still be useful and appreciated.
|Date:||April 22nd, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)|| |
That's great news! I'm so happy for you both.
|Date:||April 22nd, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)|| |
All right -- that's wonderful news! I'm so happy for both you and Ericka!