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strandedincali.   in reply to CraigL   on

DigitalCharity.com???

Craig I would be ever,so grateful for your assistance.I am so embarrassed,now need help worked my whole life,never had to ask for help☺ now begging.I can do a pay back arrangement.please sir.stranded in California.need $590.00 please!I do wks. No assist.will sign agreement.
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strandedincali.   in reply to iamworkingpoor   on

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Stranded in California,need to get to illinois, husband had major stroke
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CraigL   in reply to Dannibuik   on

DigitalCharity.com???

Hi Danielle, I live near Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have no children, and yes I have tried to help other families with extra groceries and basic needs, presents on birthdays and Christmas etc.

I can always use help here with lawn care and other work around my houses, as I never seem to have enough time. There isn't anything I can hire you for being that you live 2,000 miles away from here. I also don't expect anyone to do anything for me in return for any assistance.

I can understand that it is difficult there. The cost of living is even higher in California that where I live here.

I don't have much extra money right now, as I recently drove out to Texas to attend a funeral for my last Aunt. That was not exactly cheap. Now that I'm back home, one of my cats has become seriously ill, and I've had to go to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital 3 times in the past 2 weeks. My regular vet recommended euthanasia, and I just couldn't do it. Without children, these animals are like my children. Sometimes in the past I've spent thousands of dollars for just a few more weeks or months.

I currently have 75 items listed for sale on eBay, and some car parts on craigslist to raise some money fast. I have a lot of junk around here, and it needs to go anyways. I lost my last parent in 2009, and didn't have an estate sale, so I have a lot of extra items here that can be sold. It goes back to time again. It takes time to take pictures, write eBay listings, and then package and ship. I'm overloaded at my full time job, and end up not getting enough sleep.

My bills are all current, but I've used up most of my resources to keep up. If I could get some more items sold and shipped out of here, I could possibly get ahead a little, and whether this animal will live or the treatments work is a wild card on time and expenses. Under these circumstances, I can't reach out to anyone right now.

I wish you well and will certainly talk to you if you need someone to talk to.

Craig in Minnesota
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CraigL   in reply to CraigL   on

CraigL

 in response to cjd102...   Why? Because he sent me a private message offering to help me within a few minutes after logging into Aidpage as a new user. Anyone who views my page can clearly see that I'm not asking anyone for help. I've seen this type of thing before. They try to get personal information out of you, so they can scam you. No one is going to log in here as a new user and offer free money to someone without even reading their page or researching the need.
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CraigL   in reply to TickaD   on

DigitalCharity.com???

 in response to heart of Gold...   Mr. Darby - Scammers are not welcome here on Aidpage.
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CraigL   in reply to CATLUV   on

Why all the lies? Why the fabricated and/or exaggerated stories to obtain money? Why all the scamming? STOP LYING!!!

 in response to lbart123...   That's a good idea, especially when we get into the cold weather season here. It is too bad that people have to be afraid to seek help from a stranger, but that is the way the world is. Just the other day, I bought new school clothes for a family I have been helping for a period of time. It took a long time to build up a level of trust with them. I'd like to find another family or two in my community that are in need of help with basic needs before the end of the year holidays. I've never paid much attention to people I see in stores, as to how they dress, or what they put in a shopping cart. The only interaction I've had recently with someone in a store, was a lady that asked me to get something off the top shelf that she couldn't reach. That happens once in a while in the grocery store. As far as going to a women's shelter, you have to apply to be a volunteer and pass a criminal background check. I have no doubt that I would pass a background check, but you can't just walk up to the door in one of those places and offer to help.
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CraigL   in reply to CATLUV   on

Why all the lies? Why the fabricated and/or exaggerated stories to obtain money? Why all the scamming? STOP LYING!!!

I understand where you're coming from. I have been scammed more than once helping someone on the Internet. I have decided years ago, that I would only help someone if we met face to face and I had an opportunity to verify their situation. I live in a large metro area in Minnesota. I know there are families in serious need of food and basic needs, but I can't find them. I have helped out in the past, and I don't give cash or gift cards. If I see hungry children, and an empty refrigerator, I will do something immediately. I only give groceries, basic needs like clothing, personal care products, and birthday or Christmas gifts for children. I either give them those products directly, or take them shopping and let them pick out what they need. I want to make sure that anything I spend is used for the purpose in which it is intended.

I tried this past Christmas by responding to some local requests for help found on sites like craigslist and 2hands. I couldn't believe some of the responses I got. I had people telling me that under no circumstances would we meet, and just send money to their Paypal account. I had one that desperately needed a working TV, but insisted that it had to be a flat screen and provided me a list of what specific models they would or would not accept. Heck, I don't even own a flat screen TV yet! Then I had one response demanding that I gave them a specific dollar amount of their "spending budget" before they would agree to meet me at a grocery store. These are some examples of the kind of crap I get when attempting to respond to a help request on the Internet. There are others, but these are among the most brazen.

How do you find families that truly are in need of help and are appreciative of what you do for them? I'm not rich, but I have more resources than some of my peers. I often feel that I should be doing more in my community, but I don't know how to go about it. I'm not going to give up, but I'm done responding to help requests unless I can meet the people.
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CraigL   in reply to CANDY890   on

About Tammy65

I have extra food on hand, and we have helped out with holiday meals this time of year. I'm in Minnesota, but on the other side of the cities from you.

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CraigL   in reply to shawnagod   on

i have bad teeth and i i have no money to get them fix there making me really sick and i have heart problems and need to get them fix

Wow, I wish I knew what resources were available in Montana. I visit there every summer.  See if you can get a prescription for Clindamycin for starters.  It will kill the infection in the abscessed teeth and relieve some of the pain. Find out if the Montana State University in Bozeman has any programs for dental students. Some colleges that train future dentists have programs for people on low income to help get their teeth fixed.  We have that at the University of Minnesota, but I don't know about Montana. I had bad teeth when I grew up and had a lot of fillings put in when I was a teen. 

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CraigL   in reply to CraigL   on

CraigL

 in response to Schmidty...   

Thanks for the information. I try to reach out to those I can help in my community. There were a few sites on your list I have never heard of. I'll add those to my favorites list. Here is another site that is not on your list that I find helpful.

www.2hands.org

 

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CraigL   in reply to TickaD   on

DigitalCharity.com???

I don't care for Digital Charity either.  I like to help people with dependent children in my home state, and I want to see the people I'm helping. I would never give cash or send money to a Paypal address like on Digital Charity. Scams work both ways and also affect people who give. Anyone can put a story up on the Internet with photos and be very convincing. I've been scammed before giving to someone claiming to be in need, but was really looking for money to buy drugs. I've also sent articles of clothing and toys to needy children, and later found those items up for sale on eBay! I've had enough of that, and will only give when I can see the real people. Digital Charity doesn't provide the information I need as a donor. I like it here at Aidpage as most people post their geographic information in their profile, and you can have an interactive conversation in public or private spaces.  I've been actively helping 2 families with food and clothing for children.  I've known one family for 5 years now. I don't have children of my own, and these children are like my adopted family. It is much more rewarding than giving to organized charity.     

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CraigL   in reply to CraigL   on

CraigL

 in response to mamma 2...   

I have helped out a few families around the holidays, and in some cases year round.  I have no children, and enjoy helping families with children either on a one time or ongoing basis as I am able.  I prefer that type of giving as I get to see and meet the people I help, as opposed to giving through an organization where I have no idea how those funds are being used.  I don't know what I'm going to be able to do this year.  I just lost my mom in late October after a long illness.  I'm going through major stress and grief right now as I deal with her house and belongings.  All of my childhood memories are there and I'm leaning towards keeping the house in tact.  It will probably take me several months to a year to figure out what to do.  This is going to be a very sad holiday season for me, and I'm not looking forward to it.

This past Saturday, I bought new winter coats for 3 children that I have helped for nearly 5 years.  We went shopping at a major department store and took advantage of sales, coupons, and a credit card rebate to get about 75% off high quality name brand coats.  We got better quality coats for about what you would pay at Walmart.  I stopped buying coats at Walmart for children 4 years ago.  The zippers have never lasted a full season on anything I have purchased there.

I'm not opposed to helping someone new, but you live about 200 miles away from here.  I do have some vacation time coming up, but I'm not up to driving that far right now.  I haven't been sleeping well at night since my mom died.  I'm having emotional problems dealing with this loss.  I'll see how I feel on one of these upcoming weekends.  Anything I can do right now to get my mind off this is a good thing.  I have very few relatives still living, and I feel like an orphan now.  I've never dealt with a loss like this before.  My dad died when I was 4 years old, and mom has always been there. 

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The Economy

It has been a while since I've made a post here.  I'm still hanging in there and still employed.  This is a really difficult period of time.  Some say that we've entered the "Second Great Depression" or "The Greater Depression".  Many events have occured that are similar to the 1929-33 period of time since September 2008.  The government has responded in a very similar manner to the crisis 76 years ago.  I've seen several of my co-worker's finances crash and burn.  The organization I work for has become insolvent and layoffs are coming.  I have no personal debt other than my month to month expenses which leaves me in better shape than some of my co-workers.  All my sources of income are diminished.  I am still helping 3 single parent families in my home state with food and basic needs, but am finding that even more difficult with diminished income.  I am searching for lower prices on food items and have found several sources, but deals are getting harder to come by.  One drug store chain in my area is in liquidation.  I was able to buy a lot of non-perishable food and household goods at 50 to 75% off which helped me a lot, but that window of opportunity has closed.  All the people that worked there are being layed off.  I didn't have a good feeling buying up those items cheaply knowing that many people were losing their jobs.  I have just received word that the church I belong to is bankrupt.  There is seemingly no end in sight, and I have little faith in the government to get us out of this mess.  I think people need to get more involved in helping their neighbors and their community.  It is going to take a collective private effort to get the country back on track.

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CraigL   in reply to CraigL   on

CraigL

 in response to Anonymous40784...   

I've never left this site, I just haven't posted recently.  Everywhere I go these days, I see the needs greater than the available help.  I'm beginning to wonder if we are ever going to get out of this economic mess, or if we will emerge permanently as a poorer country.  There are more than 500 empty foreclosed homes in my community.  I've never seen anything like this before.  A lot of people were enthusiastic about the new year, this past New Year's Day.  I don't see anything to celebrate about.     

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CraigL   in reply to CraigL   on

CraigL

It has been a while since I've made a post here.  I'm still hanging in there and still employed.  This is a really difficult period of time.  Some say that we've entered the "Second Great Depression" or "The Greater Depression".  Many events have occured that are similar to the 1929-33 period of time since September 2008.  The government has responded in a very similar manner to the crisis 76 years ago.  I've seen several of my co-worker's finances crash and burn.  The organization I work for has become insolvent and layoffs are coming.  I have no personal debt other than my month to month expenses which leaves me in better shape than some of my co-workers.  All my sources of income are diminished.  I am still helping 3 single parent families in my home state with food and basic needs, but am finding that even more difficult with diminished income.  I am searching for lower prices on food items and have found several sources, but deals are getting harder to come by.  One drug store chain in my area is in liquidation.  I was able to buy a lot of non-perishable food and household goods at 50 to 75% off which helped me a lot, but that window of opportunity has closed.  All the people that worked there are being layed off.  I didn't have a good feeling buying up those items cheaply knowing that many people were losing their jobs.  I have just received word that the church I belong to is bankrupt.  There is seemingly no end in sight, and I have little faith in the government to get us out of this mess.  I think people need to get more involved in helping their neighbors and their community.  It is going to take a collective private effort to get the country back on track.

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CraigL   in reply to CraigL   on

CraigL

 in response to jcrofford...   

This site is very powerful and connects you with people from all over.  You should start by posting a little about yourself on your page, and if you are looking for some kind of assistance or are here to offer help and/or advise.  The site had a big upgrade about a year ago, and it is easier to interact with others.  It takes awhile to find your way around the site, but it is pretty well organized once you get the hang of it.

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CraigL

 in response to divine1...   

Thank you for your comments.  I don't like giving to large organizations either.  I don't know if the money went for office supplies, or some CEO's car allowance.  I want to see the people I am helping, and know that whatever I am able to do actually went for the purpose in which is was intended.  I am a public school employee, and do the best I can with what I have to work with.   I have no children of my own.  I'd like to find a single parent family in my community where I could be like a foster dad, big brother, mentor, or whatever they would want me to be.  I'd like to be involved in their school life and teach them some of my skills and hobbies.  I've just never found such a family in my community.  I have been helping a family with 3 children since 2005 that live about 70 miles from me.  I buy them new clothes and shoes each year, and help them out with groceries and basic needs when they run short.  Due to the distance, I can't see them as often as I would like.  I have taken them on vacations.  Being with them for that time has helped to fill a tremendous hole in my life, but I'm not able to spend as much time with them as I would like due to the distance. 

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CraigL   in reply to CraigL   on

CraigL

 in response to Allegiance...   

I don't know the answer to your question.  Everything I do is in my spare time.  Perhaps you could find employment working in a homeless shelter or other charitable organization.  I see a lot of retirees working part time at those locations, some for pay, and others that volunteer.  In most cases, you cannot earn a decent salary to live on doing this kind of work.  It seems like a better opportunity for someone wanting to give back and stay busy during their retirement years.  You'd have to check and see what is available in your immediate area.   

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CraigL   in reply to klight   on

pregnant and need help

 in response to Momma B...   

This is a known scam and has been reported on many different sites for the past 3 years.  I'm really sorry to hear that you fell for it.  There are bad people out there that prey on the misfortune of others.  They did this to make a quick $3,500 profit at your expense.   People who fall for this are desperate and the scam artists know that, and take advantage of it.  If you were flush with cash, you would probably have questioned it.  You took the money and didn't give it a second throught that it could be fraudulent.  The best thing you can do now is get the message out and warn others so that the same thing doesn't happen again on Aidpage. 

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