Floral Expressions Fire Devastation

$13,200 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 166 people in 13 months
Christina Fuller
on behalf of Connie Fuller
 OWINGS, MD

"It's devastating. Unbelievable. 30 years of work, gone."

On January 6, 2016, a vehicle driven by a man under the influence crashed into a small, local business causing the business to engulf in flames and the building and all of its contents were deemed a total loss. One family’s livelihood was destroyed by the carelessness of one man. Devastation. 30 years of hard work and determination, gone in an instant. This family put their heart and soul into building their business. This husband and wife team went above and beyond for their customers (who were their family) to ensure they received the best customer service and care possible. This was evident by the outpouring of love and support they received the day of the incident.

Floral Expressions has been a large contributor to their community over the past 30 years as they were constantly giving back to the community. They have made numerous donations to various companies/charities throughout the years. In addition, they developed a program called Expressions of Hope whose mission is to redesign donated flowers and deliver them to area Nursing Homes, Hospice, Calvert Memorial Hospital and anywhere a smile is needed. They even donated wedding flowers to two community-thrown weddings without hesitation.

They will take it one day at a time, but they are planning to rebuild and hopefully become even stronger with the support of their community.

This family needs your support more than ever, whether it is monetary, prayers, etc.

The money raised from this GOFUNDME account is to help this family rebuild their business after this tragedy.

If you would like to send a donation via alternate means, please send to:
217 N Penn St, Bellefonte, PA 16823
and we'll make sure the money goes directly to Floral Expressions/Aut & Connie.

Thank you for all of your support. It is truly appreciated.

-The Fuller Family

News Story: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/SUV-Plows-Into-Maryland-Flower-Shop-Catches-Fire-364349491.html

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Update 1
Posted by Christina Fuller
13 months ago
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"Hello all , a quick update, our building and van are a total loss, but our community has been amazing the outpouring of love, hugs and assistance has been unbelievable. There is no way we will ever be able to repay the kindnesses shown to us.The steady stream of friends crying with us bringing us coffee and donuts or a simple much needed hug was incredible This occurred early Wednesday morning,and one of our first saviors was our local caterer, Maryland Country Caterers, Inc They have been a Godsend. They immediately gave us sandwiches ,coffee, hot chocolate , then set up a spot in their building to work , provided us with an extra cooler, an office,a computer and a phone so we could continue operations they have even provided lunch for us. We had our first orders and a funeral go out on Thursday. That was the single most difficult funeral my staff and I have ever created, we had no , knives,ribbon , no wire,pins, pens, no scissors none of the trivial little things that we take for granted . but we managed to pull it off and the family was happy . The life of a florist goes on , we are looking for a temporary storefront while we rebuild, we understand it will take 6-8 months until we can go back to our home of 30 years, but have no fear we will continue to serve the community that we love. I will continue to update you as we progress,even though this has been the most difficult experience of our lives Connie and I want everyone to know that we are OK, we are going to make it, we are going to rebuild and most importantly we love each and every one of you. It is impossible to talk to or answer every communication we have received but rest assured we have seen and heard them all and they have given us the strength to continue. Thanks to all from the bottom of our hearts." -Aut & Connie Fuller
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Matthew Fuller
13 months ago
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Thank you all for your support. Truly blessed to know my parents are so loved in this community

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Debbie Gates
13 months ago
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Connie, I hope to see you rebuild soon. You are so loved and respected. You have always treated me as I'm sure you have treated all your customers as a friend and part of your family. You represent what a true good business owner should and I'm so happy to see the community who loves and respect you too come together to show their support , you and your family deserve it. Please rebuild soon! I need you and so does Calvert County!

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Barbara Hedrick Merryman
13 months ago
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Connie, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and Aut! I am so happy to hear you are going to re-build so that I can come by and get a big hug occasionally and definitely spend some more of my money. I am wearing my black and white polka dot reading glasses today in your honor. I bought them the last time I was in your store before Christmas!

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Melissa Ann Miller
13 months ago
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Thank you for always being so kind to others . Whenever I come in it never fails you ask how my family is doing and you realize how special my mother is to everyone. God bless you guys

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Lynn Page
13 months ago
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Busted in less than 6 hours! We truly love you.... Rock it back STRONG!!!!

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Malinda Freeman
13 months ago
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Love and prayers to you both. God will provide you with strength to overcome.

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Doug Lindamood
13 months ago

Dear Connie, In 1989, our shop was set afire by a disgruntled former employee. We lived above the shop (we were away on vacation at the time) and lost our business, home and pets all at once. As devastating as that was, thanks to our community, customers and friends (Not to mention Erie Insurance) we worked through it, rebuilt and prospered. Over 26 years later we are the largest shop in our area and going strong. You will get though this and persevere. All my best. Doug Lindamood, George's Flowers Roanoke VA

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Helen Dearborn Halloran
13 months ago

Barbara Clark, insurance never covers everything and takes a long time to pay out. They need to get up and running ASAP for the biggest floral holiday on Feb 14 even if it's a temp location.

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Barbara Clark
13 months ago

I do not want to be mean. BUT they should have Business Insurance that will COVER EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!

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Christina Fuller
13 months ago

Thank you so much for all the support! We are so blessed and appreciative for everything !!

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Karen Edwards
13 months ago

Aut and Connie, I was so sad to hear of your loss. I know you both have the foresight and tenacity to rebuild your baby, even better if at all possible. I love and respect you as my brother and sister in law, with the support you have at your disposal I have no doubt you will be open very soon. Best wishes

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Ashley Cherowitzo
13 months ago

Sending love from Florida. Thank you for being there for my Wood/Cherowitzo family during the most difficult time in our lives. Your kindness and love have remained in our hearts. Keeping your family in my prayers. Xo

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Bonnie Levenberg Bank
13 months ago

Glad to have an opportunity to help two of the best people I know. Please let me know if there's anything more Steve and I can do.

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$13,200 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 166 people in 13 months
Created January 6, 2016
Christina Fuller  
on behalf of Connie Fuller
MG
$200
Martha Grahame
12 months ago

Best wishes for a quick recovery. So glad you are continuing to make our lives beautiful with your flowers . Martha

TH
$50
THERESA HUTCHINSON
12 months ago

So sorry for the loss, we moved here less than 3 years ago and found your store by accident. I love the variety and we always get our daughters dance recital bouquets here so glad you are coming back.

RC
$50
Rose & Joe Crunkleton
13 months ago
EJ
$100
Eileen Jones
13 months ago
$50
Anonymous
13 months ago
BG
$500
BEVERLY GANLEY
13 months ago
CC
$100
Charles Carithers
13 months ago
JC
$250
Jeff & Kristy Carroll
13 months ago
NA
$200
Nicki Argo
13 months ago

We all stick together, it is what we do. It is one more way that makes the floral industry unique.

SF
$100
Steve French Florist
13 months ago
Matthew Fuller
13 months ago
6
6

Thank you all for your support. Truly blessed to know my parents are so loved in this community

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Debbie Gates
13 months ago
2
2

Connie, I hope to see you rebuild soon. You are so loved and respected. You have always treated me as I'm sure you have treated all your customers as a friend and part of your family. You represent what a true good business owner should and I'm so happy to see the community who loves and respect you too come together to show their support , you and your family deserve it. Please rebuild soon! I need you and so does Calvert County!

+ Read More
Barbara Hedrick Merryman
13 months ago
2
2

Connie, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and Aut! I am so happy to hear you are going to re-build so that I can come by and get a big hug occasionally and definitely spend some more of my money. I am wearing my black and white polka dot reading glasses today in your honor. I bought them the last time I was in your store before Christmas!

+ Read More
Melissa Ann Miller
13 months ago
2
2

Thank you for always being so kind to others . Whenever I come in it never fails you ask how my family is doing and you realize how special my mother is to everyone. God bless you guys

+ Read More
Lynn Page
13 months ago
1
1

Busted in less than 6 hours! We truly love you.... Rock it back STRONG!!!!

+ Read More
Malinda Freeman
13 months ago
1
1

Love and prayers to you both. God will provide you with strength to overcome.

+ Read More
Doug Lindamood
13 months ago

Dear Connie, In 1989, our shop was set afire by a disgruntled former employee. We lived above the shop (we were away on vacation at the time) and lost our business, home and pets all at once. As devastating as that was, thanks to our community, customers and friends (Not to mention Erie Insurance) we worked through it, rebuilt and prospered. Over 26 years later we are the largest shop in our area and going strong. You will get though this and persevere. All my best. Doug Lindamood, George's Flowers Roanoke VA

+ Read More
Helen Dearborn Halloran
13 months ago

Barbara Clark, insurance never covers everything and takes a long time to pay out. They need to get up and running ASAP for the biggest floral holiday on Feb 14 even if it's a temp location.

+ Read More
Barbara Clark
13 months ago

I do not want to be mean. BUT they should have Business Insurance that will COVER EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!

+ Read More
Christina Fuller
13 months ago

Thank you so much for all the support! We are so blessed and appreciative for everything !!

+ Read More
Karen Edwards
13 months ago

Aut and Connie, I was so sad to hear of your loss. I know you both have the foresight and tenacity to rebuild your baby, even better if at all possible. I love and respect you as my brother and sister in law, with the support you have at your disposal I have no doubt you will be open very soon. Best wishes

+ Read More
Ashley Cherowitzo
13 months ago

Sending love from Florida. Thank you for being there for my Wood/Cherowitzo family during the most difficult time in our lives. Your kindness and love have remained in our hearts. Keeping your family in my prayers. Xo

+ Read More
Bonnie Levenberg Bank
13 months ago

Glad to have an opportunity to help two of the best people I know. Please let me know if there's anything more Steve and I can do.

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