Sadly on May 31st our parents' store, Gina's Bargain Thrift, was broken into and looted. This is a small family owned business that my parents Vincent and Gina built from the ground up over 20 years ago. Our parents came from humble beginnings and have spent their adult lives working day and night to grow this black-owned, family-owned, immigrant-owned business. Beyond just providing for our family, they have used this business as a means to give back to the community in numerous ways, from helping to build schools and hospitals in Nigeria to funding the education of countless children. They of all people did not deserve to be the targets of such senseless crime and vandalism.
This crime has been devastating and it will take a lot to repair the damage done, especially coming after the store was forced to close for an extended period due to Covid-19. These looters were not affiliated with any protest, they were just taking advantage of a chaotic period in our country and now we are left to pick up the pieces. We all grieve for George Floyd and the numerous others that have been the victims of unjust violence, but the destruction of a black owned business is not going to help us move forward.
We will get through this, but we will need your help to get things back to normal. Please support our family as we try to repair the store and replace everything that was damaged/stolen. We understand that times are tough for everyone right now, so know that all donations of any size are greatly appreciated!
**This fundraiser in in support of Gina's Bargain Thrift in San Bernardino, CA, owned by Vincent and Gina Amajoyi, my parents. All funds will be withdrawn into their business account and used to repair damage to the building, purchase additional display cases, replace stolen/damaged merchandise, and offset losses as a result of extended business closure.**
- Selina Farrell
Organizer and beneficiary
San Francisco, CA