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Letter of the week—July 2nd, 2012

Dear Mr. President,

I just made a donation, my first of this campaign, and my old information popped up—from four years ago! Four years ago, I was a 29-year-old, unemployed, college-educated American, like so so so many people. I was drowning in debt from a health procedure that I needed while I didn't have health insurance. When I found a job, it was seasonal and without benefits, and I was laid off six months later.

Would it be inspiring to you to know that, four years later, I am emailing you from my home with my new son sleeping beside me? That four years ago, I took a chance and started my own business, where I now employ 12 people? Does it motivate you to continue your hard work when I tell you that I offer everyone on my staff health benefits? I am just one person in one city in one state, but I believe that I can make a difference in my community because I believe that it is worth it, and that my president supports my efforts.

I don't ordinarily write in to things like this, but seeing my sad and frustrated and lost responses from the last time I donated money really caused me to look at how far I have come in four years. I am in the process of getting an SBA loan, as I am expanding my coffee shop business, and by the end of 2013 I will employ 40 people—40 people! If you had told me this in 2008, I would not have believed it in the slightest.

So thank you for your hard work, and thank you for supporting small business people like me, who are just a tiny slice of the American dream—because together, many slices make up the pie. It takes all of us, it takes dreams, it takes guts, it takes support. Thank you.

All the best,

Julia, California

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