On Saturday Night, between 12-2 am, an attempted robbery occurred in my apartment building. Amid the theft, an altercation led to gunshots being fired directly under my apartment floor. Several bullets went in multiple directions, but one of the bullets exited out of the apartment window and through my car. It destroyed my entire back window and pierced the head of my car seat.
I am asking for a donation of $5,000 to help me with a down payment for a new car and to cover expenses for rental fees. None of the damages can be covered because I did not have insurance on my car. I did not feel the need to keep insurance on my car because it already had multiple mechanical issues, and I was in the process of selling it.
However, that can no longer happen because the car is salvaged, and the buyer no longer wants to purchase a vehicle with bullet holes, which is understandable
Asking for help has always been something I’ve struggled with my whole life. As a business owner, black woman and the oldest of five, I’m used to being the one that does everything on my own. If you know me, then you know that I’ve done a lot of work in the community for the past several years, and I’ve also been vocal about the importance of community on all my platforms.
Community is essential, especially in the black community, because historically, that is where we’ve seen the most prosperity. When one of us falls, the community is the safety net that catches us when we need a hand. As a black woman, one of the curses I’m trying to heal from personally is the inability to ask for that helping hand when I genuinely need it.
I’m not angry about my car because materialistic items don’t mean much to me. I need a car because that is how I run my business, which directly impacts my ability to help my community get the healing they deserve.
However, I am beyond exhausted from the last 48 hours, but even those words don’t describe exactly what I’m feeling. And although I do feel these emotions, I am still grateful to be alive, safe and blessed enough to be in a position where I have helped my community, but as of right now, I am asking if that can be reciprocated.
That reciprocation can be a share, donation, or even letting people know how my business/myself has positively impacted you.
Nautica Lowe (Earthly Woven)