(Those who donated, check your Facebook inbox or real mailbox for a letter.)
Thank you so very much for contributing to my GiveSendGo Fundraiser for a new vehicle. I was not expecting or prepared for my van to completely die on me when it did! I created a full-page spreadsheet comparing 41 different vehicles and important aspects of each. I have spent every spare moment of the past week looking for a vehicle and comparing features of each.
With your help, I was able to purchase a 2007 Kia Sedona in decent shape and low mileage that will hopefully meet my family’s needs for several years to come. It has Stow-N-Go on both the 2nd and 3rd rows; a 60/40 split 3rd row seat; power windows for all 3 rows; automatic sliding rear doors and lift gate; fancy schmancy cassette deck and new-fangled CD player; and most importantly, great safety and reliability ratings plus enough room for my whole family.
For those who are nerdy like me, here are some fun numbers:
Total amount raised: $2,495
Number of donations: 17
Average donation: $146.76
Amount donated most frequently: tie between $100 and $50, each being donated 4 times.
Day with most donations, both in number of donations and amount donated: 2nd day of fundraiser (6 donations and $845 raised)
Total number of days for fundraiser: 5
Average total donations per day: $499
I'm leaving the fundraiser open in case anyone wants to donate to help me with repairs. The purchase wiped out my savings/emergency fund plus what donations have come in so far. It needs back struts, oil change, new tires, and a sliding door motor repaired.
Again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart (& gas tank!) for your help in getting me back on the road so I no longer need to worry about how I’m going to get to work, appointments, etc.
With much appreciation,
The Quigley family (Anna Aaron, Liam, Matthew, & Jagger!)
Update: The SUV I had my eye on sold before I had enough money. But I was able to find a minivan that will meet our needs! It's one of the 2 top rated minivans for that model year. 3 rows of seating (for Mom's sanity with 3 kids), room for our 50 lb dog, plus groceries, camping supplies, etc etc.
It does need a few things. We got a good deal, but it still took all of my savings plus $2,000 of the funds that have come in so far. Would consider donating towards the cost of repairs? It needs back struts, oil change, new tires, and a sliding door motor repaired.
It's a huge relief knowing that I have a reliable vehicle again so I can get my family where we need to go. I couldn't have done it without you all coming alongside me and giving me a hand up.
May God bless you abundantly for your thoughtfulness!
Love, Anna Quigley