This article was last updated on March 22
On my post around the Coronavirus outbreak delaying tax refunds I recieved the following comment from Andrea:
My husband is a barber and self-employed and due to him being self-employed we can’t get unemployment to do all together we’re pretty much screwed all barber shops in all beauty salons got shut down the other day he is our only income I’m on my last $20 and I am freaking out I don’t know what to do my cabinets are almost empty I have 3 teenager’s/ 1 College kid that is now home from college and other three from school I don’t know what to do I need my tax return
This really affected me and spurred to me to see where I can help a little more proactively as I may in a better financial position than Andrea. I know people have been caught up in the Coronavirus related shutdowns and economic fall out through no fault of their own. So while I have written many articles on how to try and find out more about your tax refund and hopefully get it faster, I cannot control when the IRS makes the payment. Especially with all that is going on and the new world we seem to suddenly be living in.
As such I am going to put aside the majority of my earnings from this site this month – around $500 – and give $50 to 10 people as a start.
I can only make these supporting payments via PayPal or an Amazon electronic Gift card. So please leave a comment below with a little story of how this relatively small amount can help. I will send a follow up email directly to you based on the name and email (only I see that) you add in the comment to confirm which payment option you prefer.
Please don’t send me any personal or address information – I don’t want you to risk that information since we are still strangers after all! Just your email where you can get paypal or I can send you an e-Gift card via Amazon directly to your nominated email account. I cannot do direct cash payments at this time.
Other terms and conditions:
- I may publish articles for those who send emails. I will remove any personal or identifying information. But I want to drive awareness for this and raise more funds from others in a more fortunate or giving position. Please click here to donate funds for this effort via Paypal
- It is at my sole discretion of whom to provide these supporting funds. I will follow up to your email and work with you to get the funds ASAP.
- There are no repayment obligations from your or me once these funds are paid.
- Email has to match name in some way to confirm identity.
- Please don’t take advantage of this. I will be publishing payments made for full transparency
Below are some of the emails I have receive that will hopefully also inspire you to make donations. If you are able to help please DONATE VIA PAYPAL. I will get these funds to those who need it and list it here for full transparency (no names shared)
Donations Received (Total to date = $50)
$50 – Thakor P. (on 3/21/2020)
Thanks in advance and I will redistribute these to those in need
Supporting Payments Made (Total to date = $200)
(from Amy S) – $50 sent on 3/21/2020
Hi. I had seen your post on the site about needing help. I am a 28 year old single mother with a set of twins, a little girl, and a newborn (7 months). We live in a urban area in Memphis that floods with crime (sure you’ve heard the news), and with this new virus out I’ve gotten laid off from my job and kids are out of school eating like crazy and I am out of food stamps. I really don’t like asking for things but I am in my last option and don’t have anyone to turn to, we just need help so please if you could I would greatly appreciate it. There is so much going on with us and I hate for my kids to see me struggle because I don’t want to go back to being homeless or letting my kids see me cry.
(from Brenda L) – $50 Sent on 3/21/2020
I feel terrible writing, however I feel at this point I am out of options. I came across your post on trying to help people and because your words seemed so kind and like so many other hard working families I am still struggling waiting for the IRS to release my hard earned money I decided that it couldn’t hurt to reach out to you.
Although I am a nurse currently I work for a small store that is privately owned. I have been applying for and have interviewed at a couple places to utilize my license but I keep running into dr offices being closed for patients other than emergencies and hiring processes being put on hold, all because if covid 19, and the store I do work for is only open 6 hours a day with 6 employees begging for the hours.
I wish I could say I am fighting for the hours but I was the last one hired so the first one to lose hours and even if that weren’t the case I now have 3 children home from school indefinitely.
I cannot rely on school to feed my girls, I have zero hours at work, am still waiting (since 2/21) for my refund and my local food pantry has run out of food and toiletries (I live in a rather small community).
So as I said I hate to have to ask for help when normally I take pride in the fact that I can independantly at least make enough to feed us and squeak by but now I am out of options. I literally used my change to go to the dollar tree and get macNchz for dinner last night and now this mornong I have cereal but no milk. I love my kids more than life itself and would do or give anything I could to see them prosper so I figure I can swallow my pride to see them eat.
Even if you could point me in the right direction to find any help possible it would be appreciated more than you know and definitely more than words in an email could express.
Thank you for taking the time to read my email, even that means so much.