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Erricka Bridgeford Got Wheels!

$12,366 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 245 people in 4 months
Created January 22, 2019
#WonderWheelsForErricka
on behalf of Erricka Bridgeford
MEET ERRICKA'S #BmoreLoveCar!

There's no love like Baltimore love. Thank you for loving me!

-- Erricka
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THE NEW "CEASEFIRE-LADY MOBILE" IS COMING! 


"I am ECSTATIC to announce that your generosity in this GoFundMe campaign caught the attention of Heritage, part of the MileOne Autogroup, in a very big way! They have decided to GIFT me a car, because so many people cared that I have reliable transportation. Heritage recognizes that transportation is transformational. JOIN ME next week (February 6th at 10:30 AM at Motor House) when they will give me the keys to a Volkswagen Tiguan to help me continue the Ceasefire mission in the Baltimore community. Mayor Catherine Pugh will also join us for this exciting moment."

-- Erricka

COME HELP CELEBRATE AND FEEL MY GRATITUDE!

When: 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 6th
Where: Motor House (120 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201)
Parking: Available in two paid lots P2316 and P2315, behind and adjacent to Motor House. Pay by texting the lot # to: (754) 227-2176. Then enter your license plate # and credit card. Or find parking on the streets.

USE OF MONEY COLLECTED

As a result of Heritage’s generous donation, and as stipulated on this GoFundMe page, the funds that you donated will now help pay for all the extra fees associated with getting and keeping this car on the road (e.g., gas, insurance, oil changes), along with the costs of fulfilling the rewards for you our donors. The balance will be donated to Baltimore Ceasefire 365!

*** And a call-out thanks to Amy Elias and Profiles PR  for securing the car, creating the celebration event and donating generously, too! ***

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GRATITUDE AND UPDATE ...



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A SAFE CAR FOR THE WONDER WORK OF ERRICKA

 
When Erricka Bridgeford (community activist and friend to thousands in Baltimore) shared a raw Facebook post about the stress of broken-down cars and the lack of dependable transportation to carry out her good work, we sprang into action. Erricka is co-founder of Baltimore Ceasefire, a group working to end murder and gun violence in Baltimore City. Erricka needs a reliable car fast before her current one breaks down and leaves her and the Ceasefire team stranded.
 
IN HER OWN WORDS: “I've had to buy 2 cars in 3 years ... and transmissions & other major stuff for each. And now, my current car is on its last leg ... I need to be able to get everywhere to do everything I do, but being scared every time I get in my car that THIS will be the day it breaks down… this kind of stress is sometimes debilitating.”
 
Erricka travels a lot both night and day to uplift her beloved city, visiting schools, jails and community events bringing inspiration and a way forward. She also visits and offers blessings at the spaces where families have lost loved ones due to violence so that murder will not have the last say. She is a ceaselessly giving heart as a social activist, mother, grandmother and friend to everyone.

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Erricka also works for Community Mediation Maryland as its training director. And she was overwhelmingly voted Marylander of the Year  for 2017. You can follow her on Facebook.
 
Let’s gift Erricka a new reliable “Ceasefire-Lady Mobile" (so named by a young child) so she and her team can continue to help make Baltimore a more peaceful city.
 
Please share across all your social media.
 
Hugs and many thanks from Erricka’s friends! #WonderWheelsForErricka
 
 MONEY GOAL / COST
 
We aim to raise at least $15,000 to buy Erricka an awesome certified pre-owned 2-3 year-old car (best value) with low mileage, a warranty and no loans. Erricka has 5,000+ FB friends. Imagine, if just 750 of us give $20 then that’s $15,000. All money will be transparently accounted for and reported back to donors.
 
There will be expenses for t-shirts, color printing, envelopes, postage and other items which will be taken from the money collected in order to fulfill the promised rewards.
 
Any money above the cost of a car and rewards will be donated to Baltimore Ceasefire to continue their amazing work.
 
REWARD LEVELS

*** A FUN & GENEROUS CHALLENGE ACHIEVED! Thank you to the first 150 "angel investors" who will be invited to a shrimp-and-grits (with vegan option) brunch generously offered by Tracee Ford! ***
 
Less than $50 – Gets you the feeling of knowing tears of gratitude will fill Erricka’s eyes.
 
$50 – Gets you a personally signed-with-gratitude laminated photo of Erricka in front of her new car.
 
$100 – Gets you a colorful t-shirt with personally signed-with-gratitude image of Erricka in front of her new car.
 
$150 or more – The first 4 people to give $150 or more will be treated to lunch with Erricka and the Ceasefire team in Baltimore at one of her favorite eating spots (e.g., Terra Cafe, One World Cafe, Flight American Fusion).
 
ORGANIZERS
 
Cody Elizabeth Handy is a Baltimore school teacher and big supporter of Erricka and Baltimore Ceasefire.
 
Michelle Belfie is a social entrepreneur, founder of movingStories and forever moved by Erricka’s big heart.
 
ALTERNATE PAYMENT METHOD
 
You can also mail in a donation with checks payable to: Erricka Bridgeford / #WonderWheelsForErricka

c/o Community Mediation Maryland
ATTN: #WonderWheelsForErricka
310 Tulip Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

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ERRICKA FROM THE HEART (with her grandbaby)

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Hi Everybody!

As promised, Tracee Ford, a close friend of mine, is hosting a shrimp & grits brunch for everyone who donated to help me get reliable transportation!!

Please check the email account you used to donate with, as you should have received an Eventbrite invitation on April 8th. You must RSVP to that invitation.

You are invited to come by between 10am and 4pm on April 20, 2019. I will be there from 10am-11:30am. Please RSVP by April 16, 2019, so Tracee will know how many people to cook for. Note that this event will no longer be able to accept RSVPs after April 16th.

I hope you can make it! I'd love the chance to hug you!
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Hi Everybody! A few updates:

(1) Please feel free to see the #BmoreLoveCar on the GFM page. Wooooooo! My children and I are LOVING the car. I'm also enjoying taking selfies with people who take a ride in the car with me.

(2) DONOR REWARDS: The campaign has emailed those who won a t-shirt or laminated photo. When you receive that email, please respond with your t-shirt size (S/M/L/XL) and the address where you'd like your tshirt to be mailed. If you have questions, email Michelle at: info@movingStories.biz.

(3) FOOD REWARDS: If you won a dinner with The Squad, and/or if you won the Shrimp-and-Grits brunch, I will be emailing you with details, soon!
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"I am ECSTATIC to announce that your generosity in this GoFundMe campaign caught the attention of Heritage, part of the MileOne Autogroup, in a very big way! They have decided to GIFT me a car, because so many people cared that I have reliable transportation. Heritage recognizes that transportation is transformational. JOIN ME next week (February 6th at 10:30 AM at Motor House) when they will give me the keys to a Volkswagen Tiguan to help me continue the Ceasefire mission in the Baltimore community. Mayor Catherine Pugh will also join us for this exciting moment."

-- Erricka

COME HELP CELEBRATE AND FEEL MY GRATITUDE!

When: 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 6th
Where: Motor House (120 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201)
Parking: Available in two paid lots P2316 and P2315, behind and adjacent to Motor House. Pay by texting the lot # to: (754) 227-2176. Then enter your license plate # and credit card. Or find parking on the streets.

USE OF MONEY COLLECTED

As a result of Heritage’s generous donation, and as stipulated on this GoFundMe page, the funds that you donated will now help pay for all the extra fees associated with getting and keeping this car on the road, along with the costs of fulfilling the rewards for you our donors. The balance will be donated to Baltimore Ceasefire 365!

*** And a call-out thanks to Amy Elias and Profiles PR for securing the car, creating the celebration event and donating generously, too! ***
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Hi! I just want to run through here and hug EVERYBODY!!! This outpouring of love is amazing. It has been making me feel emotions I've never had before. It's bringing me peace. It's showing me why loving one another is the only way to live.

Thank you so much for helping me, while I know people have their own struggles. Even if you just shared this campaign, or inboxed me with encouragement... EVERY DROP of love touches me deeply. I just love yawl so much. Thank you for loving me and wanting me to be able to continue my work with an even more peaceful mind.

Whatever vehicle I get, I already know that its name is my "Bmore Love Mobile". Because this is the car that love manifested!!!!
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Raised by 245 people in 4 months
Created January 22, 2019
#WonderWheelsForErricka
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