My store Discoveries and the building I own where Discoveries is located were destroyed by a devasting flood worse than I could even imagine possible. Also as a resident living in the same building, I am now without a home as well. In Discoveries, floors, walls, merchandise, fixtures, and displays have almost all vanished and collapsed in to the river. I have now lost almost everything I own and worked so hard for. I will have to pay for the masssive losses to the business. I am the property owner also so I have the additional financial burden to repair the building as well as my business and deal with the loss of my home. The mitigation not done after a 2016 flood should now hopefully move in to action. I will explore a temporary relocation for the business and temporarily relocate my home to live in a safe place until proper mitigation is done in town. My intent is to eventually return home to Ellicott City, the town I love, after adequate mitigation is in place. No matter what happens, short term and long term, every scenario will cause major hardship and expenses. I am heartbroken and recovery will require people's help and substantial financial assistance. Any amount will chip away and ultimately help me professionally and personally recover and get back onto my feet. My whole life's savings went into that building and 38 years of my blood, sweat and tears went into creating and running the Discoveries business that I love so dearly. With your help, I will find my way through this disaster which took from me everything I own, love and cherish.
Thanks in advance for your kindness and generosity. - Sally Fox Tennant