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Government shutdown hurting my family

$2,190 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 60 people in 8 days
Created January 7, 2019
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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Update 5
Posted by Katherine Ogilvie
21 hours ago
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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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Update 4
Posted by Katherine Ogilvie
1 day ago
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Here is the video of my company, Traditional Craft Kits, mentioned on NBC Today Third Hour on Friday, January 11, 2019 . It speaks to how small businesses are losing income daily on a huge scale.
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Update 3
Posted by Katherine Ogilvie
4 days ago
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Since I asked for help, I have seen the real light of kindness! Thank you everyone for investing; I will pay it forward.

I have been contacted by newspapers, TV and radio. Here are some reports:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/08/single-moms-small-business-owners-among-those-forced-crowdfund-pay-bills-during-shutdown/?utm_term=.82f9c28964fc

http://time.com/money/5499602/government-shutdown-medical-bills/

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/government-shutdown-Mariposa-County-small-towns-13524182.php

I will post a clip of the NBC Today Show soon!
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Update 2
Posted by Katherine Ogilvie
5 days ago
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I contacted my creditors, canceled subscriptions, made a budget. I am so sad to see my business slide into failure when I worked so hard to make it successful. I know it's not my fault, but it is still embarrassing. Government officials should not punish people for their inability to make decisions on how to spend our money. My family's federal tax bill was $14,591 in 2017.
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