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Around December last year, my father lost his job. He was the main provider in our home, and with the sudden loss of income things started to go in a downward spiral for my family. During that time, I had to grow up...a lot. I was just finishing the first term of my last year at University and starting to think of what I was going to do with my life. I felt like I was hit by a truck.

The day my dad was fired from his job, he sent me a text apologizing. At first I couldn't believe it. It didn't feel real. My dad was (and still is) a fantastic employee, always going above and beyond to improve everything in his workplace. He has received awards and commendations countless times for his dedication, regardless of job. I spent a week or so in a haze, believing either my dad would be re-hired or we'd get benefits until he found a new job.

It wasn't until I witnessed both parents break down in the dining room that I understood the gravity of the situation. There was no rehire, and we were denied benefits. There were no jobs in the area that my dad could take. The ones that were possibilities didn't give the hours or pay needed to keep our home. We would have to foreclose and sell off our belongings as best as we could.

Desperate for some way to help my family keep eating, pay the bills, or provide some peace of mind, I turned to the only place I felt I could- the internet. I wasn't able to give my family my own funds- I knew they wouldn't accept it, and I still needed money for University and my own expenses. During a Christmas party, I was a lucky winner of a $200 gift card. After the party, I handed the envelope with the card to my mom and told her to use it for whatever the family needed. However, the giftcard was only for a certain store- that wouldn't pay the bills nor allow us to keep the house a little longer.

So I posted on Deviantart and Tumblr, tweeted and reblogged and commented as much as I could. Everyone's response was incredible. The tons of heartfelt comments, the support from friends, and the generous donations helped me to raise my confidence that things would get better. In such a short time, I was able to gift my parents with $300 through the generosity of dear people whom I had never met, but still sent so much love.

Thank you everyone, so much, for being a Christmas miracle for me and my family. We lost our home, but my family is doing fine. They moved in with my grandmother, so they have places to stay. My mom was able to find a great new job, and so was my big brother. My dad is still working hard to improve his skills so that he can get a great new job when the opportunity arises. Meanwhile, I'm off teaching English in Japan for a bit. I needed to get away from things in the states for a bit, just experience life. 

Everyone's support and love last year truly brought light to a dark time for my family. Things are still rocky, but we're persevering! Once again, thank you so much- from the bottom of my heart.

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TheRealYuma Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:iconhappybirthday-plz:
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faf13 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heya!  Hope you had a wonderful birthday!!!   ♥
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kity29 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
happy birthday! :cake:
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Shirara-chan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! Free Birthday Icon happy DA B-day :3 Birthday Glomp emoticonKimRaiFan's Bday Cake :8Bparty: Alex Birthday Present Happy Birthday Sparkly!
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tarahm Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BBYYY HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD ONE!
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manga-reader95 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
happy birthday

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zylair Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Diana?! Holy crapola! I haven't seen you since.. Kumoricon. Years ago (I'm Alyssa, the tall one who arts occasionally). How are you?!
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mangakaluna Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I KNOW WHO YOU ARE LADYYY
(I actually found the sketches you did a while back from K-con :D)
<3 <3 <3
I'm good, you??

Nice to see you drawing again :D
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zylair Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XDDDDD GOOD. Haha.
I'm great! : D Are you still around the area? Or have you moved forever away?
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mangakaluna Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm in Eugene for now, but I'm moving on Saturday;;
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