Blue Tile & David Flood Fund
My name is Ben Jones I own Kinetic Skate Shop in Wilmington Delaware, David is a close friend of mine and I volunteered to set up his Go Fund Me campaign since he has a million other things to do. All of the money you donate is set up to go directly to David and his family to help rebuild their home, provide money to make ends meet, and make sure Blue Tile can stay open.
Our AC unit was still under warranty so we didn't need to buy a new AC unit! It also had a heat pump that was never hooked up that we didn't know about until they started looking at it. That means we also didn't have to buy a new furnace! So that saved us a little chunk of change. We'll take it!
Now for the bad news. Our dishwasher and washing machine were both plumbed to empty into a sump pump which drained into the yard. Terrible I know. This is obviously not up to code and since we have to rebuild we have to rebuild to code. That means thousands of more in plumbing expenses.
Now I know I can wash the dishes in the sink (which I usually do anyway) and we can always take the clothes to a laundry mat but guys.... that kinda sucks.
I feel bad complaining about that but this is our family home. This is not my old college (never went to college) bachelor pad.
Anyway, there are a couple updates for you guys. Thanks so much to Ben for letting me pirate his Facebook feed. Im sorry for clogging his feed. I know you guys are tired of seeing this mess.
Please help keep the word going. We may have a loan coming in for home repairs but that is also going to be a financial strain for us so the more we can pay for without using the loan the better.
Thanks again to everyone who has already donated or supported the shop in other ways. We can't thank you enough.
The guys at Devine Street Tattoo had a special on Friday the 13th where they did $13 tattoos all day long and donated the proceeds to Rachel, Ari and I.
They raised $1450 bucks!!!!
If youre in the area go see those dudes for a new tattoo. Tell them thanks our family!
We may have heating and air this week. I think thats the "ok, we are going to fix this" phase of everything. It would awesome if we could "just start over". So many people have said we may just have to walk away from our home. Its not that easy when you own your own business.
That being said we have applied for some disaster relief loans. That looks kind of promising. The SBA offers low interest loans for disaster relief. Thats something.
Its maybe a bit frustrating to have another loan on top of the mortgage but if it goes through at least we can get things fixed. We don't have a lot of extra money especially since my main source of income is Bluetile and that took a financial hit as well. Bouncing back on both ends is kinda tough.
Anyway, thats a little update. Sorry its been radio silence over here but we have just been in that wait and see phase of everything.
On the up side we are about a quarter of the way to our goal! Thanks to everyone who keeps sharing this link. Please don't stop. I know we have been quiet over here but that just because we aren't exactly sure what we are doing just yet....
I would like to add that FEMA doesn't rescue everyone. There are thousands of people in the same situation as Rachel and myself and none of them will get all they help they need from FEMA alone. FEMA pays a percentage and the rest is up to you and your family.
Thankfully we have had tons of support from our friends, family and the skateboarding community but that doesn't mean we are in the clear. We have a long way to go and this campaign only covers half of it.
Please keep spreading the word. I know the national news has moved on and there are other places in the country in need of assistance as well but we are still out here trying to recover.
Rachel has been working super closely with the community and helping lead the volunteer efforts in our neighborhood. If you would like to reach out and help our community you can check out Southbeltlineclean.com
Thanks so much!
David, Rachel and Ari.