On July 10, 2017, our van dropped the steering box. Luckily, we were in a safe (if remote) place when it happened and no one was injured. We were very lucky that it did NOT happen on the freeway and turn our van into a bobsled. After more than a week of waiting to have it repaired properly, we managed to limp it home (much to the amazement of our regular mechanic). However, due to stresses on the frame, it is completely unrepairable.
Our business is our primary source of income. I am currently taking online courses for future employment, however that will take until the end of 2017. My husband cannot work a traditional full time job due to his physical disability. He has a part time job doing deliveries, but it is piece work and is not a guaranteed paycheck. We cannot go the traditional route for financing because of past debt from an out of state medical emergency that state insurance would not cover.
We have a dozen more conventions booked in 2017, and a half dozen for 2018. We will need to rent a van for at least the next couple of conventions, but that will only work in the short term.
Now, we could go out and buy another cheap used van that might last us a year or two OR develop other sudden complications like the last one did.
We would like to be able to have something reliable that will allow us to continue to maintain and grow the business, not just operate on a shoestring. If we can make our goal, we can have a safe, reliable vehicle that should last us for at least 5 years or more.
We are offering rewards for donations, as we feel this makes it seem like more of a "long term loan" as opposed to "please just give us money". The gift certificates would be available for use beginning Nov 1, 2017 and would be good until Dec 31, 2018.
By donating to this campaign, you will aid us in continuing to bring the best selection of t-shirts and other items to a convention near you. We appreciate your support in this endeavor and in the future of Mystik Waboose.
- S & R Ryals
- Julie Pascal
- Christina Cowan
- Derek McQuay
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