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Lena K. Boyd
P.O. Box 1642
Garden City, MI 48136
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How we got here
Hello, Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to read this and care.
In February of 1996 I divorced an abusive man with whom I had two children. In April of 1996 I bought a house, on my own....with money I managed to save while gainfully employed, during a two year separation pending my divorce from my x-husband. The house was a fixer-upper, but nothing that myself and my children could not handle...together, we could do almost anything and we have done many things....but all that changed with my disability and I am no longer able to "fix" things like I used to.
In June of 1998 I took in a fifth child, my great niece, because her mother could no longer care for her. At the time, she was only 15 months old and my own family seemed sound and secure. We took a family vote and it was unanimously decided we wanted her, she quickly became a part of our family and we love her dearly. The baby began having seizures as soon she came in the door...it was not long until it was realized that their was something "different" about baby Krystal. It was a very difficult time for my family....but we pulled together and did what it took, with overnight stays in the hospital, visits to neurologists, and special teaching AND learning, to deal with the babies differences. For this I am grateful to all of my children...
In November of 1999 I was injured on the job. A trailer of boxes came tumbling down on me and I sustained a cervical neck injury. This put more stress on my family and eventually I was discharged from my job. I hired an attorney. With my children's help, I babysat to make ends meet. I was awarded a settlement in November of 2000 in the amount of $45.000.00. I had to settle, I was behind with all of my bills and desperate to be able to "do something." With the settlement, I bought a van , a computer, and invested in some stock, hoping to be able to make a living from my home and raise my children. I continued to baby-sit, bought some inventory and sold things on ebay to make ends meet. This was a working plan until after September 11. Shortly after that horrible day, I began to realize the severe personal effect it would have on myself and my family, even though we do not live in New York and were blessed to have not lost our loved ones to this national catastrophe. Not only does my family share the nation’s loss this day and the falling economy of the United States that was sure to follow, the lady I was babysitting for lost her job....therefore no longer needed me. I lost my investment and plan, for future security. Even after that, we were doing okay for awhile. In November....the baby put something down the toilet stopping up the plumbing...I am no longer able to crawl under my house...so I called a plumber...only to find out that when the previous owner added on to the house, she did not pull a permit...and my bathroom was not up to code...and my plumbing was a mess. This cost the remainder of my savings....and the effect of September 11nth became noticeable in my ebay sales .
Last….but not least…my x-husband owes me almost $14,000.00 in back child support!
I am not asking for sympathy….only empathy. This Home is the only home my children have ever known…..Please help me to help my children’s tomorrows. In the following pages….you will learn about my kids…..how wonderful and deserving they are….and hopefully you will see that even with all our troubles….my children are growing to be productive and caring adults….who will undoubtedly grow to "make a difference" in this world….and maybe even in your lives.