First off I would like to say that this is a friend I've had for over 12 years now.
Ok my friend Chucky Bolton is in a tight spot at the moment and is asking for help. He has never once since I've known him asked for anything or even accepted games I would get him. But last night he msged me asking if I knew anyway that I could help him with his problem.
He stated this : My boss (well ex-boss now) went on a cruise last week (yes .. in the middle of an outbreak he choose to take a week long cruise), and purposely did not tell anyone about going because "it would have started to much drama". Yesterday I got a text telling me that he was coming up to the shop to "help out" (seeing as his second job as a pilot had shutdown until the crisis had passed). I have 2 young kids (7 and 10), and I was not willing to risk their health on the fact that he "took precautions, and washed his hands" while on the cruise. So I asked him to not come up there, and basically begged him too quarantine himself for the 14 days the CDC says you should.
I told him that if he was going to come up there I was going to leave for the day because I didn't want to risk exposure to CV-19. I told him that I would come back and disinfect everything I could the next day (once he left again). He said he wasn't sick, and that I was over reacting. Even after telling him that there are many people who don't get sick, and are just carriers and spreaders. After that he basically told me that if I left he would consider it as me quitting. He was coming up there no matter what I said. So in order to protect myself, my kids, my neighbors, and everyone else I come into contact with I left, and quit my job.
So here I am now. I'm out of a job here in Jacksonville, and have very few options available to me. With all the "social distancing" and crowd size limiting I doubt I will find a job any time soon.
I do however have an opportunity somewhere else.
I have multiple friends that live in Washington State who have offered me a job (a way better job than I have ever had before might I add), and a place to stay when I get there. But that is if I can get up there.
Sadly this means that I will be forced into leaving my kids behind with their mother (we are divorced, and right now we split time with the children down the middle). It breaks my heart to do this, but I have little choice now. I have to do what is best for the future no matter how much it hurts right now. I have to move.
And that is the problem! I can't make it up there on my own. I could in theory max out all my credit cards, sell all my stuff, and I might make it up there. It would be really close, but I would be hurting really bad for a long time.
This is why I am asking for help. I can't do this on my own, and do it before out of state travel is stopped. If I don't do it soon I will be stuck here in Florida with no job, and having all my utilities shut off.
So anything you can do will help!
If you want to help him here is a like to the Gofundme he has set up.