We're always quick to tell you about van robberies, arrests, and lots of other crappy things when it comes to the music world, so sometimes it's nice to highlight something positive. We'll do that briefly for you now.
Mississippi resident Cyndi Crouch and her family have fallen under hard times as of late, motivating Cyndi to ask for help. She launched a GoFundMe.com campaign
a week ago in an attempt to stave off eviction and wage garnishment. In total, Crouch was asking for $3,500. Here was her pitch:
"Hello friends & strangers, my name is Cyndi. I've fallen into an incredible bind and I'm in desperate need of help. Here's the situation: I'm 8 months pregnant, I have two kids, 5 & 3, plus my husband and his son, 11. We have fallen behind in our mortgage due to several things: I babysit for a living and was without that income for a couple months & playing catchup from that put us even further behind. My husband works full time, 50+ hours a week, but it just hasn't been enough. We are $2200 behind in our mortgage, our eviction court date is tomorrow morning at 9 AM, at which point we will be given a week or less to vacate our home of 5 years. We have nowhere to go, and found out just this morning that my husbands wages are being garnished for a bill that we thought had already been paid. That garnishment is another $1500. We either pay that off before next week (when I assume the garnishment will start) or they will begin to garnish 60% of his wages. He was working two jobs all last year to pay for this garnishment, and when they stopped taking it for two weeks we assumed they had taken all their money and he left the second job to be home more with the family. We had not received any notification that they had not finished the garnishment, and now that they're doing it over at his new job they are taking the FULL amount again. We need help. The local charity agencies around here are going to take one look at how much money my husband makes (pretax) not account for all of our bills and turn us away, but I'm going to try anyway. If you can find it in your hearts to help us out, please, please do. At the very least we need all the prayers, positive vibes and thoughts as we can get. I wouldn't even ask for help if I weren't completely out of options and desperate to keep my kids from having to experience this. All our love in advance for your kindness."
It turns out that Crouch is a diehard fan of the band Coheed and Cambria
. Somehow -- we're not sure of the details -- the band found out about her plight a few days into the campaign and gave her $3,000. Between this and a few other donations (some inspired by Coheed), Crouch has now surpassed her goal.
Her gratitude was palpable:
"In this desperate time of need, all of these things have changed my life again. Without Coheed and Cambria, without the COTF (and some very special local friends) I wouldn't be able to say that WE ARE KEEPING OUR HOME, PAYING OFF THE WAGE GARNISHMENT!!! If I live for another hundred years, I will spend them doing exactly what I have been, telling everyone about this band, this community, showing my support in everything they do not only as a band, but as individuals as well. They deserve it because of the people they are, kind thoughtful and caring, selfless and giving. For seeing a family and need and saving our lives, our gratitude is deep and Neverending."
Anyway, that's it. Nice enough for a depressing Monday morning, right?