Hello, I need to ask you all something very important.
My mother and I are actually going through a very rough period financially, where she lost her job in March and hasn't been able to find a new job since. In that time, I have been using my excess funds to pay for bills. However, we're behind on our rent by three months (and have received an eviction notice) and have been trying to get help from local government help departments, but it's really hazy if we're going to get any assistance (leaning towards not). If we don't get the assistance, that means I'll have to pay the backrent in order to keep our home, but it also means that I won't have enough funds to go to Anthrocon in the next couple of weeks. I have an obligation to the people who will be staying in the room I reserved in February to check in and pay for the room for them, and also I'd really, really like to go still of course.
I do plan on getting a job and I was going to open for real commissions, but I was waiting until the end of June or July, after AC, to start looking, and obviously I can't immediately find a job right this second and expect to make enough money to pay both the backrent and hotel/food/other stuff at AC in 2 weeks. And of course it's not just AC, but other things like bills and such I'll need to pay for next month that I might not even have enough for were I not to attend AC in the worst case scenario.
So here's what I'm asking: if you have any sort of extra money lying around, maybe you could send it my way? I can't really say I can give you anything in return, at least immediately, except perhaps if you order a badge commission for AC-pickup or for mailing after AC. I can also maybe reserve you for some kind of commission when I open for them, but I'm not sure what my prices or types will be yet. You could also maybe consider it a loan for me to pay back in the future when I am making more money and am able to do that.
I'm kind of ashamed to be doing this, but this is becoming an extremely stressful situation for me and my mom, so if you can help out in any way, I'd really appreciate it. If you don't have any money, you can help out by spreading the word or some such thing.