Bobby Jo Valentine Needs Us Now
Bobby and John will have to start over ... with nothing left. Everything is gone. Everylast possession has been destroyed in the Napa California fires. I cannot imagine some of the best people I have ever met going through this all alone.
My name is Tim Louque. I have known Bobby for about four years. singer / song. He is an extraordianry person, one of the best people I have ever met. In fact, Bobby performed my wedding ceremony. That means he has a very special place in my life. He has performed at my house four times, here in Houston.
Can't we all please come together and do everything we can to help them help themselves. We love everything about Bobby and John ... the time is now, to raise them up from all that's left, ashes. Every day, he helps us move forward, love more and strive to be a better person. He is an incredibly talented singer / songwriter and he has lost all but one guitar ... all of his music, all of his equipment, cds, merchandise ... everything.
Having just been through this same kind of thing in Houston, during Hurricane Harvey, we know what it takes just to get back to somewhere NEAR normalcy.
Bobby's words ...
Hey guys. It's all gone. I'm probably still in shock and holding things together. John is devastated.
Please don't send personal messages that need replies at this point, but thank you for the intention to help....we will reach out as things progress for what we can. This place and the beautiful things in it took John a lifetime to build up.
We knew the dangers of the fire hazard but family issues on John's side made it necessary for us to be up there. And now that's caused him to lose it all, which is going to take a lot...a LOT...to process. Because it's not just the fire...it's the fact that we shouldn't have had to be up there in the first place. So this will be rough. Please give us time, send us love. For me...I've lost almost EVERYTHING too. Every sound system, almost all CDs, every guitar but my Taylor, everything. It'll hit me hard, later. We might need financial help. I'll keep you all posted.
Love when that's all you have left,
When something like this happens to someone, it is not a matter of how he will spend the money, it is a matter of what to replace first when everything is gone, what do you put at the toip of the list. Nothing can happen to totally rebuild a life destroyed without money and they only have us to rely on.
The money raised will be spent starting with the essentials, toiletries, bedding ... a BED! Food, clothes, finding a home .. the necessities to start life over.
I havenn't set up the withdrawal plan yet. I will need to talk to Bobby and see how he wants to handle it.
WOW !!! There is hardly anything else I can say except WOW and THANK YOU of course. Thank you with all of my heart for all coming together and working so hard to make this happen.
Although "pride" isn't exactly what we should be feeling right now, I want to say GREAT JOB! I am certainly proud of us ... WE DID IT! We can say that we are genuinely grateful. Yes. Aren't we all so very grateful that we have a way to help people that we love so much?
Here is one last request from me ...
Let's keep this going! I know we reached our second goal, but I know and you know that Bobby and John, in reality, need to rebuild their whole lives from nothing. As we all know, it won't be easy and it won't be cheap for them to bring their lives bag to something like normal.
Please, no matter how many times you have shared this GoFundMe campaign before, go now and share it one more time.
When you share the link, Facebook will ask you to write something on the post that you'd like to say to your friends. I have learned that it makes such a difference when you make a personal appeal to your friends as you ask them for donations. Write something like this, which is what I have been writing each time I share and post ...
"I am asking you to help one of the best people I have ever met in my life. Knowing him has inspired me to work to become a better person every day. Of course, we need you help by donating, any amount helps. But even if you cannot donate, please PLEASE share this GoFundMe link, even if you have shared it before. The key to the success of this campaign is to get this appeal out to as many people as possible. Bobby and John really need us now ... they have nowhere else to turn."
To make your life easy, you can even copy and paste that. After you paste it at the top of your shared post, read it over, change the words a little or a lot. Make it your own.
With eternal gratitude, love and appreciation,
!!! WOW !!!
The response from you all has been extraordinary! I have to tell you that I teared up earlier today when I saw the amount of money that had been raised. I never imagined that there would be such an outpouring of such concern, care and love! But you know what? If I have stopped for a moment when I created this account to consider IT IS BOBBY, I would have known to expect the best outcome possible. Isn't he one of the best people you have ever met? I love him so much.
Well, I increased the goal. I was advised that this was the best approach as we continue with our fundraising effort. I heard, "It worked for JJ WATT! It'll work for us." HA!
Now ... SO MANY people have made donations, but I want to ask all of you if you shared this GoFundMe link on your walls as well. PLEASE SHARE. It is as important to share as it is to donate ... I believe his. Getting this to as many people as possible is key.
When you share, be sure to ask your friends to donate, and SHARE as well. What we happen if everybody shared and gave just $5.00! The result would be mind blowing.
THANK YOU ... really, thank you.