Jason Barnes' Ellicott City Tragedy
On reaching street level, he was confronted with a raging torrent of water surging down Main St. After a few minutes, Jason, along with a few other store owners who were huddled in the alleyway leading to their storefronts, noticed a car being swept down the street with a woman trapped inside. Even in the midst of knowing he'd likely just lost all of his inventory, Jason realized what was important and deftly tried to reach the woman as the car came to a stop in front of his store. However, he was swept off his feet by the rush of water flooding the town.
Undeterred, Jason made it to his feet, and this time, with the aid of the other brave men in the doorway, made a human chain to save the woman. However, after coming up short of their goal of being able to reach the car, Jason once again risked his own life to help the woman. He let go of the chain and lifted the woman off the car so she could reach the gentleman nearest to Jason. Thankfully, he was able to stay on his feet, and both he and the woman were pulled to safety.
Thankfully, Jason has insurance on his store, but we have no idea how long it will take to settle his claim, and we all full well know insurance never covers everything that was lost. Jason's car was also swept into a sink hole. I'm pretty certain he only had liability insurance on the vehicle and it will be likely a complete loss and he'll receive no reimbursement for it.
To make matters worse, Jason just recently realized his lifelong dream when he was able to purchase this store just two short months ago. This was his family of five's sole means of support. Jason and his wife, Christine, have three children; Chance(16), Evelynn(4.5), and Nathanial(1.5). If you could find it in your hearts to spare anything you think you can afford, we would be forever grateful. If not, we certainly understand, but ask at a minimum you share his story with as many friends and family as you can. Thank you so much for your time.
Just an update. Yesterday Jason heard from his insurance company and he DOES NOT have flood insurance. After viewing what he could of the damage he has lost at least three quarters of his inventory . This was collectible inventory that is difficult and timely to replace. Please keep donations coming.!
We were able to get a look at the car today. Of the ones I saw it was certainly one of the worst. Jason and Christine are at the Emergency Community meeting regarding clean up and relief efforts, so they would have a ton of information at the end.
Thank you again to everyone for sharing in Jason and his family's time of need. Here are a few photos of the car.
My name is David Bowlin. I own Bowlin Home Improvements LLC. I'm a master carpenter with 35+ years in the home-improvement industry. I live in Laurel Maryland. Straight A reviews on Angie's list. I will donate whatever time and materials I can have and can afford. You can reach me at 443-336-4026. You can check out my wall on FB, I post some of my work there.
Justin, How can you possibly calculate your losses within hours of a flash flood? Insurance can take months and months to sort out and there is no way the Insurance can possibly cover what was lost. The inventory for a unique shop like that probably took years to acquire. Jason risked his life several times to save that woman. His family deserves every penny people are willing to give in order to provide his family with some sort of peace of mind until he can rebuild. He is a hero to me and the world needs more people like him in it!
I'm so sorry for this tragedy for your family. But, this name Jason Barnes came up in my news feed and I just have to ask... is he from Clifton Forge, VA? I apologize for any disruption in your cause but, I've been looking for a friend with the same name. Please, accept my love and light & strong hope for a great new beginning!
Hi all, it's Chris, Jason's stepfather. Sorry, but I'm not sure how to reply to individual comments, so I'll do so here. @Jessica - no Jason isn't from Clinton, VA. Sorry. @Christine C. - No, their home was not affected by the floods, just the business. @Kay - I'm not sure of the exact location, but I think so. I know they are big Lego fans! @Justin R. - I guess I understand your perception. If that's your belief, do not feel compelled to contribute. If you'd like my rationale for changing the goal amount feel free to reach out to me. Again, I started this fund, not Jason. His only input was to agree to allow me to do so. Thank the rest of you for the kind, encouraging and inspirational words and comments for Jason and his family. We can't express how much this outpouring of support means. Thank you again.
Why did you up your goal? Did you miscalculate your losses? I want to donate but it seems like your milking it.
David Bowlin! Thank you for offering so much generosity to my dear friends!
I wish I could help your family but I wanted to just say- God bless people like you and the other men. In our society today it is hard to find people who will take a risk to help others. With this one act you have given your children and hundreds more an example of a selfless human being and you have restored my faith in humanity. I hope that if I'm ever in need I have my own Jason to help.
Tis but a scratch!
I hope you reach your goal!!! You are a very brave person. My friend Char across the street (Maxines) also lost everything and she does not have insurance :( they have also set a go fund me for her. I hope that you both get to your goals. God bless everyone who is donating!!!
Is his store the one across the side street from the train station that has antique toys and lego's?