But now we are faced with a perilous situation. Due to Covid-19 and the fact that we are closed to the public, we are running out of cash to pay our rent, utilities, payroll, liabilities and publishers, and make sure we have enough cash on-hand to re-open once we make it through. We are making a small amount through our website and phone orders and very much appreciate all of your support, but it is not enough to pay our rent and our payroll.
We are asking for your immediate support. Sue is using what saving she has to make sure the bookstore keeps going, but the road ahead looks bleak and uncertain, and unless there are major changes both locally and nationwide, it will not be enough. We will be exploring the federal grants but it is unclear how soon that money can be accessed and how much. So, like so many small business owners who are facing similar situations, we are using this fundraising campaign as an additional effort to support the store.
Funds given to this campaign will help us weather this storm and make sure we can ultimately reach our goal, which is to keep this business afloat and exist in Newburyport. Even once this passes, we are unsure what the market will look like when we can re-open to the public, what the book buying abilities of our community will be, and how quickly we can ramp up our operations once again. This campaign will help support Jabberwocky both in the immediate future and over the next several months, and longer.
If you can give any amount, we are truly grateful. If not, there are other ways to support us and other small bookstores facing these unprecedented times, such as following social media accounts, buying gift cards, ordering books online from their websites, and lending a kind word.
Thank you for these past forty eight years, its been a privilege to be a part of this community and we'd like to be a part of it for another forty eight.
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