I have started a social campaign on Indiegogo to help raise money for my family back home. I have attached the story explaining my campaign here:
"Graduation from college is commonly held to be a transition period for a student into the “real” world. It is a day of celebration of the accomplishments of the graduating senior class. On this day we recognize how students have triumphed over academic, social, and other diverse challenges they've encountered during their collegiate studies. My campaign seeks to invert this notion of graduation away from being a day of celebration for myself as a graduating senior, and instead have it be an opportunity to give back to the individuals who most greatly contributed to my ability to attend college...my parents.
My father has been a custodial worker for the New York City court system for over 15 years now. To me, he's always been the bodily incarnate of the word “endurance”. Even after suffering through two strokes and other health issues, he is adamant about continuing to work as long as it's necessary to help make sure my family has its basic necessities. His attitude to setbacks has been truly inspiring for me growing up. As tired as he can be from the frequent double shifts he works, he's still able to come home and smile when he sees my mom and I. He has never forgotten to be grateful for what we have today which may not be there tomorrow. My mother has been my biggest supporter in my academics, always making sure that I've had the appropriate resources available to do my best in school.
The most significant financial burden my family currently has is our monthly mortgage payment which runs to be about $1,500 each month. This cost combined with our other bills along with the costs of my schooling has been steadily creeping my family closer to financial turmoil. In response to this, my dad has increased his hours at work whenever possible and my mom has been trying to find a job to help my dad, but has been unlucky so far in finding an available position.
On my college graduation day, I would like to be able to tell my parents that they can enjoy a year without worry, one where my dad doesn't have to take every double-shift opportunity that comes along at work, and my mom can rest a little easier knowing we don't have to sacrifice quite so much just to get by. The goal of this campaign is to raise enough money so that my parents don't have to worry about this major payment in their lives for one year. All raised funds, even if I do not reach my goal will go towards this endeavor. They've always spoken about how they would like to take a trip across the country in an RV to see the wonderful sights our country has to offer before they are unable to do so. At this point, that's been an impossibility due to our finances, but you can help make that possible.
Both of my parents have spent their lives caring for me and sacrificing their own dreams to help ensure my future. Join me in rewarding their efforts as parents and as caring, contributing members of their community. I want my graduation to be an opportunity to say “Thank you.” in a unique way to my parents, and show them that their efforts are recognized and honored. I understand that my goal is an ambitious one, but ambition is the fundamental quality needed today to help change the world for the better. I sincerely hope that one day I will be able to pay your kindness forward to others that may need it later in my life.
Any donation is helpful towards this cause. If you are unable to donate, I encourage you to share this story with those you know to help make this a reality for my parents.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and your contribution."
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