International Market family fund
$55,786 of $50,000 goal
There are multiple efforts to create a new International Market in the Boise area and we will work to spread the information and how to support and be involved with as soon as we have updates. We look forward to being able to share our international experiences, products, and cultures with the greater Boise area soon!"
Thank you again for getting involved and being such a huge help to all of us!
BIM Vendor Council
Thanks in advance!
In my 71 years on this planet, I have never had the misfortune to have a fire in my home, but two of my family members had that experience. In both instances, there was insurance. And in both instances, it too some time for payouts. Both of those families would have been out on the street waiting for an insurance check if not for the kindness and generosity of friends, neighbors and strangers. I am very happy to see us stepping up to give them a hand. And, as Gretchen Bates said, if you are disinclined to donate, please don't discourage others from doing so. It's much needed.
Wow Ginger...way to support the community. Aw, just leave it to the insurance company, why should anyone who uses the market, cares about it, appreciates it bother helping out. Hmm. Because we're humans and this kind of thing can happen to Any. One. Of. Us. Any idea how long it takes to get an insurance settlement? People could lose their homes in the meantime without the income their businesses provide. Ridiculousness.
This is a community effort to help those affected by the fire itself. Those who lost their belongings, their inventory and livelihoods. This fund is to help pay bills, buy groceries, and stay afloat until insurance kicks in, but that takes time. This is how families become suddenly homeless. You are not obligated to donate in anyway, but this is how I can help out my neighbors in their true time of need.
Ginger, since you don't live in Idaho (your FB page says you live in Ohio) I am not sure what your motivation is for posting a negative comment. For many of us, the Boise International Market is personal. We go there because we love it and we love the people who have businesses there who are for the most part refugee's trying to build a better life for their families. We will support them in their time of need. I will pray that you might find some empathy for other's and that if you don't have something nice to say or contribute that you will not say anything at all. Have a beautiful and blessed day.
I live in Nampa and had just learned about this market last week from a co-worker. He said that it is the "go to" place for good food, unique gifts and that everyone there is very friendly. I loved the idea that they are sharing their culture with the community as well as supporting themselves. I told a friend about it and we had planned to go check it out next week when she returns from seeing family. When this Market is opened, we will go and help them celebrate their re-opening. Sixteen years ago I was widowed and there were strangers from the city where he was killed who reached out to me and sent me money because someone on their city commented that they should do something.. The cards of support and donations from $2.00 up showed up at my house... They totaled enough for me to pay for my husbands funeral... I am going to donate to day to pay forward the generosity of strangers in Richmond, VA in March 1999 who gave me hope.
Ginger and others, the building owners have insurance for the building but not the tenants income or business property. Do not know the status of the tenants but hope their insurance agents gave them good advice. Most were using this as their primary income. In both cases it will take months for the settlements. All the participants are amazing people from five continents and dozens of cultures. Many had significantly different lives in the countries they came from. Go to the Boise International Market Facebook page and read the stories.
As we meet the immediate need, let's also think how we "build back better" as Paul Farmer said about Haiti after the earthquake. We want our market back. There are many people with specialized skills and goodwill who will help with the project. Just say the word--put out a call.
Kari, thank you for spearheading this drive. I know these people live on the edge and a disaster like this could be the last straw. I hope enough is raised to sustain them all till they can get back on their feet. Can you let us know, at some point, how the funds will be divvied up amongst the different families?
Just wondering doesn't a place like this have insurance? I'm sure the insurance would be more than enough to pay to have it rebuilt. Why rely on the hard working people of the community and their money when the insurance company would pay for it out of their pocket?
I feel moved by what happened to them and I think to give a little help if I was theredewa poker Thank you for the information I will ask the government to take any help we can
How do we contact you to donate for the basket auction? we have 6 bottles of liquor left over from our wedding: 2-Chardonnay; 1-Pinot Grigio; 1- Whit Zinfadel; 1- Cabernet Sauvignon; 1- Syrah red wine.
Community Prayer Gathering Sunday 9/13 at 1pm at the Boise International Market parking lot. Now is the time to pray for our community. Come out and show them you care! Signs, banners, sidewalk chalk, encouraging words etc. all welcome.
I'm so glad we made the goal. Please tell everyone involved that whatever happens, they should not feel alone, ever. We all care and we all want to see the vendors and the market succeed and thrive. The market filled a void in the community and so many of us hope they will return. Blessings to everyone! You are loved.
I am going to miss the opportunity for my working lunch meetings there every month! I hope community can find you another space quickly. Love the diversity you bring to the city and looking forward to your business' open in another venue hopefully soon!
A lot of great folks have worked hard and had a great thing going. Here are some sights from the old Boise International Market. http://www.gradyphoto.com/gallery/Boise-International-Market/G0000RJ2gfuSyDFA
This is indeed a tragedy. Boise is such a supportive community. One thing though: I do hope the next place is equipped with sprinklers! At least in the kitchens.......