Bella's Bumbas

$85,537 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 1,688 people in 17 months
My name is Jeffrey Shorr and I am the father of Bella and one of the creators of Bella’s Bumbas. Bella was born with Spina Bifida, making walking and getting around a bit more difficult for her. I knew we had to do something and made Bella her first Bumba, a special wheelchair to help her feel more empowered. After seeing the joy the new-found freedom brought to Bella, our family teamed up and created Bella’s Bumbas. Bella’s Bumbas provides wheelchairs to young children who are affected by Spina Bifida or any type of mobility challenge.

These chairs are geared towards infants and young toddlers who otherwise may not have access to high dollar commercial chairs. We provide the chairs at no cost to the parents outside of shipping costs (flat rate in the US of $62.40).  Each Bumba is handmade by Bella’s Great Uncle Marty with support from the rest of our family and local community.

Bella is an extraordinary child. Even with the challenges she has faced, she still is a bright light in everyone’s life she touches. She is now learning to walk as a result of her gaining mobility via the Bumba and tasting what freedom was like. We want to help provide this opportunity to children all over the globe.

One of the biggest challenges we’re facing now is delivering chairs to children in different parts of the world. The need for mobility is not limited to the US and we receive requests from all over the globe. Due to the high costs of shipping, we’re a bit limited when it comes to providing overseas support. Donations made to our GoFundMe campaign will go directly to the supplies needed to make the Bumbas and to help offset shipping costs for those outside of the US.

Thank you all for your continued support! Your contributions are helping children all over the world experience mobility - something we often take for granted. 

Help us spread the word:  https://www.gofundme.com/bellas-bumbas

Please visit our Facebook group or page for more information or to request a chair.
Bella's Bumbas Facebook Group
http://www.facebook.com/bellasbumbas
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Bella’s Bumbas is running out of space at our current workshop. That being said, we’ve identified a location that will allow us to expand for the foreseeable future. It is also low cost compared to most locations in our area.

We need to expand to be able to keep up with chair orders and continued growth. However, because we operate 100% on donations, we fear that with our current funding, we won’t be able to sustain the additional overhead costs (currently we have no rent/utility costs) for more then a couple years.

We are hoping that many of our followers and supporters may be willing to help us fund our expansion and cover our monthly overhead. We anticipate the costs to be under $1000 a month with all building costs covered.

We have had a few people approach us about having their employers do payroll deductions for Bella’s Bumbas, this option is great for all parties involved because it is fully tax deductible. If you are interested in having your company offer this, please contact your HR department to get information about their process. We’re happy to work with HR departments to get it setup.

Another option for us is to have additional fundraisers, like the Facebook and Oklahoma fundraisers that have been held recently to benefit Bella’s Bumbas.

We understand that as special needs parents, money can be tight. However, sharing our page and our mission and/or organizing a fundraiser to benefit us doesn’t cost you as parents, money.

We want to continue to grow and help as many children as possible for the foreseeable future. But without funding, our future may be limited.

As always you can make donations via GoFundMe at:

http://www.gofundme.com/Bellas-Bumbas

Thank you,
Jeffrey
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I just wanted to take a moment to share some exciting news. We’ve now shipped 470 chairs and have another 35 or so waiting to be built! This means we’ll be at 500 chairs shipped and children helped before July is over. We’ve only been able to achieve this because of all your help be it donations or simply sharing our story.

We are also excited because more and more physical therapists are finding out about us and having their patients contact us. We love this, because it means the professionals see the benefits that our chairs provide these children.

Thank you!
Jeffrey
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We’re so honored that people are continuing to support our cause and allow us to continue to help children across the globe. Because we’ve reached $80k in donations, we’ll be able to achieve our goals of shipping 700 chairs by the years end.

Also, because many of you have shared our campaign, we’ve now been able to reach many more people then before. This new, wider audience has greatly helped us to increase our visibility by those who need our help. We’ve seen a huge uptick in the number of requests and are so thankful that we have the funding to provide chairs for them all.

Every share of our campaign translates into another family finding out about us and another chair being built for a child in need of mobility. We’ve also been busy working on a new larger chair design that can accommodate larger children. This new design will allow us to increase the age range of children we can assist.

You can see Bella testing out the new design at a splash park last week. It performed flawlessly and allowed her to have a great time with her siblings and others at the park.

Again, thank you for the continued support!

Jeffrey
Bella Shorr at the splash park.
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We are still incredibly overwhelmed by the immense outpouring of support for Bella’s Bumbas throughout the last few weeks. Our campaign has received donations from people in all 50 states and from 16 countries around the world. Thanks to the GoFundMe team and each and every one of you, we’re able to continue our mission of mobility.

Please continue to share our campaign with your friends, family, and communities so we can keep spreading the word!
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Cassie Gilmer
3 months ago

Thank you for what u do my daughter had spina bifida she has passed away from complications from it thank u again ppl out there need ppl like u

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Sean Hahn
2 months ago

Thank you for providing a Bumba AKA freedom for our Granddaughter Ava. Although she has now outgrown it, it has been such a wonderful blessing.

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Rosemary Adamo
7 months ago

Read the Democrat and Chronicle's story this morning.......Will donate.....You are truly doing God's work............

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Margaret Selders Schlosser
12 months ago

Saw this on the news today! This is awesome! What a blessing to the children and their parents!

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$85,537 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 1,688 people in 17 months
Created March 5, 2017
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Mabel Ezeuko
2 days ago

Thanks for helping these beautiful kids

HJ
$30
Heather Juno
7 days ago

In the name of Sharyl Westcott

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cheri foti
7 days ago
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What a wonderful thing this is for Spina Bifida children! Thank you for doing this. This donation is for Elliana who turns 1 today.

$100
Jan Grigg
9 days ago

For Arthur and so many other toddlers who will benefit from greater mobility in these.

$50
Anonymous
11 days ago
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$50
Michelle Hoegg
11 days ago
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This donation is on behalf of our son, Joey. He was born with CHARGE Syndrome which impacts his vision, heart, breathing, hearing, muscle tone and many other areas. His new chair has given him the ability to participate in fun activities with his family. Thank you for creating these chairs. They’re amazing!!

SN
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Shawnessy Negrotto
11 days ago
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Donating in honor of my mom, Sharyl Westcott, for her birthday! Thank you Bella's Bumbas for the chair that our Stel is enjoying!

Cassie Gilmer
3 months ago

Thank you for what u do my daughter had spina bifida she has passed away from complications from it thank u again ppl out there need ppl like u

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Sean Hahn
2 months ago

Thank you for providing a Bumba AKA freedom for our Granddaughter Ava. Although she has now outgrown it, it has been such a wonderful blessing.

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Rosemary Adamo
7 months ago

Read the Democrat and Chronicle's story this morning.......Will donate.....You are truly doing God's work............

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Margaret Selders Schlosser
12 months ago

Saw this on the news today! This is awesome! What a blessing to the children and their parents!

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