Here's the scenario: First, my wife and I last week discovered that we'd been victims of identity theft, with someone in New York draining our bank account from afar. The bank is going through its appeals process, and at the moment there's no telling when or if we might get repaid.
Then over the weekend, some idiot smashed my car window at Eeyore's Birthday Party and tried to steal my stereo - they failed, but destroyed the dashboard and stereo in the effort.
Finally proving these things come in threes, the following day my daughter's car was stolen for a joy ride; we got it back it, but it was damaged and needed repairs she couldn't afford.
That's why I'm making this "bleg" for reader donations. I'm hoping the identity theft issue will eventually resolve itself, though we've been given no assurances. But in the meantime the missus and I face an empty bank account, a stack of bills, and major vehicle expenses resulting from these crimes. We're about $2K short of making ends meet in the near term.
If you're a regular reader of this blog I'm asking you to consider making a donation (via PayPal) to help us get over this hump. Indeed, if you work in the criminal justice arena and have ever found Grits professionally useful, I hope you'll consider making a more substantial donation.
Please help out to the extent you're able. Every little bit helps. And thanks, Grits readers, for your continued support.
UPDATE: A reader who "doesn't do PayPal" asked where he could send a check. Make it payable to Scott Henson, and send it to
603 W. 13th Street, Ste. 1.A-253
Austin, TX 78701-1477
Thanks, folks - I really appreciate it.