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Airport Diner Relief Efforts

$3,442 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 114 people in 23 months
Created September 17, 2017
Ashley Craig
on behalf of Jose "Frankie" Blanco

Hi, my name is Ashley. I was born and raised in this town. It is my favorite place on Earth and this community is made of my favorite people. 

This morning I woke up to terrible news. The Airport Diner in Sussex was vandalized by heartless people whose goal was to spread hate and fear.

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Not only did these hate-filled people vandalize the building as you can see above, but the shed and outdoor freezer outside were broken into and all of the food products and supplies the owner had inside were destroyed and/or thrown into the yard to spoil. Hundreds of dollars of food and supplies were lost.

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The screens over the windows need to be replaced because the spray paint used to create the language and symbols displayed have permanently stained them.

We have painted the building. None of the hate is visible anymore, but all of the supplies cost Frankie and his employee's hard-earned money that could have and should have been used for other things... Not to cover up the mess of hate-filled vandals.

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I created this GoFundMe for the owner of the Airport Diner, Frankie,  who has been the owner of the Airport Diner for 12 years. He is a man of few words, but all he was able to say today is "Why?"

The goal is to raise $1,500 for Frankie and the Airport Diner. This $1,500 will go towards replacing all of the food and materials lost, the screens, and will cover all paint and supplies used to remove the hate on the walls and windows. 

Frankie and his staff are already so grateful for all of the support they have received from this community.  This community has come together to make it known that hate does not belong here. And it never will. This is OUR town. 

Any amount will help the Airport Diner, Frankie, and his staff, and I am hoping that this financial relief will come soon. If you have anything to give, please do so. 

This is our Town. Let's show all of the hate what we are made of, and let's get the Airport Diner the relief they need.

Thank you so much for reading this, and for being an integral piece of this community. Please donate if you can, please share this as far and wide as you can.  

Hate has No Place Here.

Love Always Wins.

Love you All, 
- Ashley

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YOU ARE INVITED.... On Sunday at 3pm Action Together Sussex County will be hosting a community Unity Vigil Against Hate at The Green in Newton. If you are available I would love to see you there. There is strength, power, unity, hope, and love in numbers. For more information about the Vigil, see this NJHearld article, http://www.njherald.com/20170921/vigil-to-be-held-in-response-to-diner-vandalism

Let's try and get 100 people there! Whether or not you can make the vigil, please be sure to share this link and encourage every one of your friends to be a part of this inspiring and hope-filled event against hate in this town, this county, this State, this Nation, and this World.

As for this GoFundMe Campaign, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. We have tipped $3,000 and it is all thanks to you! Again, on Monday I will be meeting Frankie and handing over the reins. But I am seriously so grateful to this community for your support. It has been incredible to watch and be a part of. I am so proud to say that this is my home.

We Are Stronger Together. And we have proven that Hate Has No Place Here. That LOVE ALWAYS WINS.

I hope to see you on Sunday at 3pm! Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart.

Love Always,
- Ashley Craig
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Hey Everyone! Happy Wednesday!

I am speechless. We are $33 away from $3000; which is double what our goal was. Incredible.

I am so proud of this community. We did it. YOU DID IT.

Hate has No Place Here.

Love Always Wins.

I love each and everyone of you!
- Ashley
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Good Morning Everyone!

As I drink my morning coffee, I see we have hit $2,632. I am in awe of the strength, vibrance, resilience, and spirit of the Airport Diner, this community and each any every single person who has donated and shared.

This story started as a tragedy and although we can never erase the fact that the incident happened, we can look back on it as a sorry of unity and perseverance. A story in which love won and it did so quickly.

Hate has No Place Here. We've made that statement loud and clear.

Thank you all for your donations. Thank you all for sharing this story. Thank you all for your love and support. We couldn't do it without you. Together we are stronger.

As previously mentioned in other updates, this page will be open until Monday. That is when I will officially hand over this campaign to Frankie and his family and they can start the process of withdrawaling the funds.

Again, grateful is an understatement. I love this community and I love all of you! Thank you for EVERYTHING.

Happy Tuesday!

Love Always Wins.
- Ashley
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Hello Everyone!

I am sorry I haven't been as active today. I have no words to describe how grateful I am, how proud I am, or how much I love this community. I spoke with Frankie today... He is so incredibly grateful.

We are almost $1000 past our goal. Which is more than we ever expected. We will be keeping the GoFundMe open until Monday. That is when I will be handing over all of the Withdrawal information over to Frankie, his family, and his Diner.

Again, words cannot describe how grateful I am or how proud I am to be a member of this community.

I love you all.

- Ashley
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$3,442 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 114 people in 23 months
Created September 17, 2017
Ashley Craig
on behalf of Jose "Frankie" Blanco
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