Too often we watch or read the news and find ourselves filled with emotion, reaching, wanting to help but finding ourselves impotent as one story merges into the next.
I don’t know Alexandra Jarin, not as far as I know. A 99er, like more than 7 million, or more, the number always in flux as people come and people go, a few with jobs, many just gone. I don’t want Alexandra to go, can’t stand to watch her disapear, can’t stand to hear about any 99er who falls away to the street.
Now you may say, what is a 99er? And if you did I wouldn’t be surprised as it ranks as one of the most underreported American crisises of our time. A 99er, Alexandra Jarin, is someone who lost their job through no fault of their own (in her case her job was outsourced), someone who is out of benefits, struggling to get by, struggling to hold a roof over their head.
This is a rare moment where the news offers you an inroad toward intervention. Pam Sexton is someone I know, someone who refuses to close her eyes to the situation that she knows all too well, a woman whose heart is as wide and open as her door, now a shelter for a couple of castoffs from our American failure. Pam has set up a small donation drive with the help of Examiners own, Mike Thornton. The goal is simple, keep Alexandra off the street. As of post the drive has raised just under $300, they have a goal of $1,000 dollars, just enough to keep a roof over Alexandra’s head for a small while.
Again, this is that rare moment where one can read about something, be touched, and maybe not be constrained, and though I know that other constraints exist, I ask you to merely go to Pam’s page and learn a little more about Alexandra. I also urge you to read her story as told, as brilliantly told by Josh Stilts.
Note: I am not affiliated with the above mentioned pages, I am merely someone passing along information.
UPDATE (8/1/11 12:05 AM): Here’s some OUTSTANDING news, just heard from Pam Sexton, that the $1,000 goal to keep a roof over Alexandra Jarrin’s head has been met thanks to the contribution of 24 people, including one who donated $100, and one who donated the last $601 to close the gap. As trememndous as this is please never forget Alexandra, or the fact that there are millions like her, living in America without 99er Aid. Please follow Mike Thornton on Twitter for future updates on Alexandra and others who need help. Thank you.