Monday, July 3, 2017

A Friend In Need

Okay, so I know that this is going to sound weird, or iffy, but I wouldn't be putting this up here if I didn't trust these people. A friend of mine who recently escaped from her abusive family is currently staying with another friend. That other friend has recently lost his job. Their other roommate has also moved out. On top of this, the rent and the security deposit on their apartment is coming due this week.

Now I had a very, very long conversation with both of these friends about this, so that I could get all the details and make sure this is legit before I decided to put this on my blog. We came up with a few ideas to help them out, and that's where you guys come in. If you don't want to donate, or hire them out (because that's a big part of this), then I understand. This kind of thing happens all the time, and people just take the money and run. I'm not a big fan of this kind of thing, either. But if any of you guys are interested in giving some charity when the government isn't going to help (or at least won't help fast enough to make a difference), here's a place it can go. They don't need a lot of money, just enough to get them through this hump while Shaz finds a new job, which should be relatively fast, given he's in IT.

So first up is straight up charity, via Youcaring. You can find the link here:

However, if you're not so much interested in charity, then they have other options. As mentioned, Shaz is an IT professional, and Jackie is an artist, so they're taking freelance work and commissions to help raise the money that they need.

Shaz's IT specialties are as follows:
little bit of Python
Spring MVC and Spring Batch
He is also able to build computers. So if you need any IT work done, you can contact him at the following link:

And Jackie is available for art commissions, so if you need a book cover, album art, a character design concept sketch, a picture for your D&D game, whatever your art need might be, you can contact her and get a sample of her work at the following link:

I wouldn't be putting this up here if this weren't a problem, and if I didn't trust those people. So I'm willing to vouch for them that this isn't some kind of hoax. These are friends of mine, they need help, and the only thing I can do (being pretty damn poor myself) is try to put some eyes on the problem and tell people where they can go if they want to help. So if you wouldn't mind helping out my friends, if you have a little bit of cash to spare, then please hire them or donate if you're able.

Thank you very much for your time, and thanks to everyone who shares this as well. 

Edit: So I shared this around and within five or so minutes Oghma_EM on Twitter has started a raffle for Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin that anyone who donates or hires will be entered in to. So I'll be getting Jackie to keep a list of everyone that donates or hires them and will be announcing the winner in a new blog post once everything has settled.

Thanks Oghma. You're a better man than you give yourself credit for.


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