Help us Continue to Exist

Joel & I woke up this morning to the fire department pounding on our door to tell us there was an "electrical fire" in our Toyota Sienna that spread to his car and both cars are completely destroyed. The Haybaby van that everyone so generously chipped in to get for us is a burnt hull. The fire spread to Joel's car, which is totally out of commission as well. Joel's bike was in the back of the van and was destroyed so we have no way of getting around. Our insurance only covers liabilities and not this kind of accident so we have no financial assistance.

The van was how I commuted to and ran errands for work, how the band commuted to shows and toured, how I drove up regularly with all my gear to get to shows and practice in New York, how I was able to visit my mom and dad (who is currently battling colon cancer and the reason for our move from Brooklyn) every week. Without a vehicle, I have no livelihood. There was also damage to our landlord's garage, which we will have to pay to have repaired as well.

The money would go towards fixing the garage, getting the cars towed and junked, getting Joel a bike, and purchasing a new van so that I can continue to be work, spend time with my family, and so Haybaby can continue to exist and tour. I am still in complete shock. Transitioning to life in Virginia has been extremely costly and we haven't been able to make and save enough beyond exactly what we need to get by, and saving enough to purchase a vehicle with our income would take many months. 

I know times are tough for everyone and there are so many good causes to donate money towards to, but I have no idea what we are going to do without help. Thanks so much for just taking the time to read this.


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Leslie Hong 
Richmond, VA
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