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Government shutdown hurting my family

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Raised by 66 people in 6 months
I am asking for assistance to keep my small family business afloat during this government shutdown. This is a one person company that makes craft kits that teach basketry, pottery and weaving and is my only source of income. I have no extended family support. I pack all the kits myself and source the materials in USA whenever possible.

Over half my company's income is from National Park stores. I have orders I cannot ship due to the closure and I am waiting on $2282 in unpaid, past due federal agency invoices. I am facing $6000 in lost sales if government doesn't open by the end of January. 

To further complicate the family finances, my daughter and son both had an ER visit from serious accidents last month. One from my son falling on a piece of rebar and impaling his thigh and the other one included an ambulance for my daughter's hormone-related anemia and iron overload (thankfully both fine now). As a business owner, I had covered cal bronze level with a high deductible $7000 per person, $14000 family max. The bills are coming in but I believe the hour long ambulance ride from her school field trip in Yosemite has put us at the family max. Also my eldest daughter is a valedictorian and is applying to universities and the applications recently cost $1245. My sister and I and one aunt are the only college graduates from our family so I feel dedicated in supporting my daughter's intense desire for higher education. She wants to be an architect that focuses on homes and buildings that can withstand environmental threats.

To make the situation even more tenuous. In 2016 my business partner threatened to take me to court if I did not buy her share of the company. After a year of legal negotiations and fees, I had to agree to $55,000 or face bankruptcy. I have three more years of paying her $2,750 per quarter and the next payment is due January 31!

Help save this cool company! Buy a basket kit! It's fun and rewarding!
www.traditionalcraftkits.com
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Thank you everyone for helping to reach my campaign goal! I am overwhelmed with gratitude. My company will make it through January.
Here is an article I was in:
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I got up at 4:30 this morning and started searching the internet for art museum stores across the nation and sent 64 new potential customers my wholesale ordering information. Last week I mailed out 30 brochures to university stores and gift shops. Hopefully this generates more sales this week!!
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I just sent this to my elected representatives:

My small family business, Traditional Craft Kits, is being negatively affected by this shutdown. My sales are lost permanently due to financial sabotage and there is no plan to help me recover. Many business owners don’t qualify for unemployment. A successful business owner should not have to ask for unemployment, loans or donations. I sell my craft kits to 50+ public land agencies and associations and they profit from selling my product in their stores and visitor centers. The profit helps fund the parks. For every dollar I lose, the parks lose a dollar as well. Additionally, I don’t have a dollar to spend out in my community and the park visitors don’t have a chance to make a basket. It’s a lose-lose situation. I think when your career gets blindsided like this you don’t just run out and get a new job and any amount of possessions that you might have to sell won’t cover the lifestyle that you’ve worked hard to achieve. The reality is that most people are now racking up credit card debt, borrowing from their friends and family, draining any savings they might have had and turning to crowdfunding to get through this shocking setback. They are also cutting costs and not spending, which further hurts the economy. This shutdown has emotionally traumatized hard working and successful people across the nation. It’s stressful when parks shutdown in response to natural disasters, but it’s demoralizing when it’s done intentionally. Maybe we, the people, need to make government shutdowns not an option for our elected officials, especially since they are managing our tax dollars. If a business, bank or brokerage did this, there would be a lawsuit. My 30+ year business is facing bankruptcy if this federal government shutdown doesn’t end immediately. It’s ironic that the government is hurting people while trying to protect them. End this shutdown now.
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This is what I look at every day... loss of sales. This report shows sales, before expenses and taxes, from this month compared to the same month last year.

Thanks to donations here my company and family will survive January. Thank you so much! My heart is filled by the support and kind words I have received.

February might be tough because my customers pay net 30 days. I am actively marketing to customers to generate sales! I am determined!

(this update posted a few times because I had trouble fitting the picture, hope this try works!)
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