Ted Crocker Recovery and Relief Fund

Ted isn’t prone to attention seeking. He’s a self effacing guy who lives alone with his dog, Angus, and steadily worked on his guitar and amp building business. He started when most people had never heard of a Cigar Box Guitar. Ted has always been generous with his knowledge and encouragement to one and all in the CBG community. He recently made an appeal to a select number of friends, and here, in his own words, is the plight he finds himself in today:

Some of you know the extent of my severe health issues. MRSA in my foot/2004, 2 skull fractures & severe eye damage plus more/2012, stroke/2018 and recently severe respiratory problems. I quit smoking 2 years, 3 months and 24 days ago but maybe too late…. I spent a surprise 4 days in the hospital in July.

I recently met with a social worker to see if she can help me to see a specialist. Wish me luck. She’s at the place that approved me for Meals on Wheels!

I’ve hardly been in my shop in 2 years, a few minutes a few times. I had to close my online stores. I find it hard to walk a short distance or stand more than a few minutes without gasping for air and leg pain. I really, really miss creating awesome stuff…

My savings is long gone and I am struggling to pay the bills. I sold a lot of my stuff but it’s not enough. It’s coming to a head right now.

My cable/internet bill is due tomorrow ($145), electric is overdue ($65), phone ($45). Last month I racked up over $180 in courtesy/overdraft fees. PayPal is in the red around $100. I have negative $816 in the bank. It would suck to have no electric or internet for the holidays.

I’m usually the guy who helps folks. A few of you have been on the receiving end. Hey Dylan Allen, back me up bro & spread the word. Relate how I helped you.

I hate to ask for help but I really can’t think of another option. A couple of kinda local Facebook friends have bought some instruments & amps and even donated to the cause the past year - THANKS!

Hopefully a few of you have a few bucks to spare to keep the lights and internet on. Anything will help at this point and if you can’t, that’s cool. Maybe some of y’all can share this to the CBG groups here, I’m embarrassed enough typing this here.

Thanks for listening. Angus & I wish everyone a great Christmas and every other holiday!!!!!


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Jeff Williams
Marrero, LA

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