Jason Barnes' Ellicott City Tragedy

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Raised by 885 people in 28 months
Jason Barnes, my stepson, was caught up in the tragedy of the Ellicott City, MD floods on 30 July 2016. As he was getting ready to close up his store, All Time Toys, for the night he noticed some water in the basement where all of his inventory was stored. He thought nothing of it, as the basement has gotten minor flooding in past rain events, but as he was moving his inventory off the floor he noticed water flooding in around the door that accesses the exterior of the building. Just as he reached the stairs heading for the main floor, the door gave way to feet of water gushing into the basement. 

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.
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Hello everyone ,
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.!
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First, I just want to say how humbled we are at the outpouring of support Jason and his family have received so far. Our gratitude cannot be expressed enough.

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.
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Turns out Jason had full coverage on his car, so he'll get reimbursed for it!
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David Bowlin
28 months ago

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.

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Bea Caswell Gallogly
28 months ago
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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!

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Jessica Woodrow
28 months ago
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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!

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Chris N Tammy Penning
28 months ago
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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.

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Tabitha Hall
28 months ago
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So brave of you and $20000 is nothing compared to what u did saving her. Hopefully her and her family send a huge donation.

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Antoinette Messina
28 months ago
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I'm glad you upped the requested goal. The damage to the family car is not repairable. They'll need to replace it on top of everything else. Good luck with getting them the help they need.

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Keyona Madrina Butts-Petty
28 months ago
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He did an awesome and heroic deed! He deserves everything good coming to him! God bless!

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Kathy Countess
28 months ago
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I loved your store. I would stop by whenever I was in OEC. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you surpass your goal.

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Ari Karim
28 months ago
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Risking your life to save someone's who rather die for cigarettes.

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Colin Farr
28 months ago
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i am sorry for your store being destroyed by the flood. but you are very brave at saving that woman

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Charlotte Savoy
28 months ago
1
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We are praying for you guys! Please let us know if we can do anything to help!

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Christine Coale
28 months ago
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What do they need? Diapers, clothing,.

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Justin Richards
28 months ago

Why did you up your goal? Did you miscalculate your losses? I want to donate but it seems like your milking it.

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Shannon C. Donovan
28 months ago

David Bowlin! Thank you for offering so much generosity to my dear friends!

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Kimberly Groves
28 months ago

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.

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Joe Phillips
28 months ago

Tis but a scratch!

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Danielle Jacobini Walraven
28 months ago

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!!!

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Kay Williams Weber
28 months ago

Is his store the one across the side street from the train station that has antique toys and lego's?

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Anonymous
26 months ago
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$25
Anonymous
26 months ago
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Elaine Roecklein
27 months ago
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I don't know you but want you to know how overwhelmed I was when I watched the video of you (and others) saving a stranger's life! May my small contribution ease your pain and suffering until you & your family fully recover from this temporary financial setback. Keep the faith!

SG
$35
Sandra Geiselman
27 months ago
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I hope you're back on your feet soon, Jason.

$100
Shannon C. Donovan
28 months ago
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I had to wait until I had money to make a donation to you guys! I love you Christine and your wonderful family! You are an amazing group of people that spread love, creativity, and caring into this world. I believe Carma will see you through this. ANYTHING I can do, little or big I am here for you!

$20
Anonymous
28 months ago
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RN
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Robin Nikiel
28 months ago
1
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Thank you for your bravery and selflessness, Jason. Hoping for the best for your family in the future.

$30
Claire Stokes
28 months ago
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We love coming to All Time Toys for Legos! This donation is the result of a fundraiser lemon-"aid" stand. Can't wait until you are up and running again!

MG
$10
Margaret Goodlin
28 months ago
1
1

Good and courageous man, I hope you can get back what you lost. you deserve a new start.

$20
Anonymous
28 months ago
David Bowlin
28 months ago

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.

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Bea Caswell Gallogly
28 months ago
7
7

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!

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Jessica Woodrow
28 months ago
5
5

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!

+ Read More
Chris N Tammy Penning
28 months ago
3
3

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.

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Tabitha Hall
28 months ago
2
2

So brave of you and $20000 is nothing compared to what u did saving her. Hopefully her and her family send a huge donation.

+ Read More
Antoinette Messina
28 months ago
2
2

I'm glad you upped the requested goal. The damage to the family car is not repairable. They'll need to replace it on top of everything else. Good luck with getting them the help they need.

+ Read More
Keyona Madrina Butts-Petty
28 months ago
2
2

He did an awesome and heroic deed! He deserves everything good coming to him! God bless!

+ Read More
Kathy Countess
28 months ago
1
1

I loved your store. I would stop by whenever I was in OEC. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you surpass your goal.

+ Read More
Ari Karim
28 months ago
1
1

Risking your life to save someone's who rather die for cigarettes.

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Colin Farr
28 months ago
1
1

i am sorry for your store being destroyed by the flood. but you are very brave at saving that woman

+ Read More
Charlotte Savoy
28 months ago
1
1

We are praying for you guys! Please let us know if we can do anything to help!

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Christine Coale
28 months ago
1
1

What do they need? Diapers, clothing,.

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Justin Richards
28 months ago

Why did you up your goal? Did you miscalculate your losses? I want to donate but it seems like your milking it.

+ Read More
Shannon C. Donovan
28 months ago

David Bowlin! Thank you for offering so much generosity to my dear friends!

+ Read More
Kimberly Groves
28 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Joe Phillips
28 months ago

Tis but a scratch!

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Danielle Jacobini Walraven
28 months ago

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!!!

+ Read More
Kay Williams Weber
28 months ago

Is his store the one across the side street from the train station that has antique toys and lego's?

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