Money to help recover stolen items

$1,585 of $4,600 goal

Raised by 34 people in 34 months

8371285_1453150499.7309_funddescription.Hi everyone,

So if you've seen my Facebook, you probably already know but as my dad and I were driving across the country to Colorado this weekend. We stopped in St. Louis for literally no more than 24 minutes, walked two blocks away to the Gateway Arch, and someone broke into our moving van and stole a lot of my things.

They stole my laptop with pictures of my grandparents I will never get back, my iPad mini, beats headphones, monster speakers, my school books with my final exam for criminology that is due in a few weeks, clothes, jewelry, makeup, the list goes on and on. Above all of this, they stole my skates. The one thing and only reason I'm in Colorado right now.

I'm absolutely crushed right now. After dealing with insurance, we found out we have an $4600 deductible before they will pay for anything. Money is already super tight between the move here, staying at hotels, paying for gas, having to buy furniture, etc.

I don't care about anything right now besides getting new skates, I don't need a laptop, iPad, any of that right now.

Obviously I set a goal of $4600, but I would be more than happy with the $1500 for skates. Any little donation could help.

Sorry for not writing a long, descriptive message, I'm just heartbroken and drained right now. Thank you in advance for any donations.
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Hi everyone,
I wanted to post an update to all who were generous enough to support me or look at my story! I am all settled in here in gorgeous Colorado now! I absolutely love it out here. The environment at the rink is exactly what I had hoped it would be, my coaches are all amazing and skating, as always, has its ups and downs. This comeback from ACL surgery has been so difficult for my body - as I've been battling constant mini injuries (small hamstring strain-from the graft, groin strain, and now a stress reaction in my foot), but I keep pushing through and staying motivated and dedicated to the reason I moved out here. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone again who made it possible for me to get skates, I feel blessed every time I'm on the ice to know that the skates on my feet were generously donated to me from so many friends, family and complete strangers. You all truly give me a reason to skate every day. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I will post an update/photos/videos soon! Thank you again!
-Christalyn
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I honestly wish I could put my feelings into words right now. The last month has been yet another emotional roller coaster for me, but I can finally say that I have a piece of my soul back in my possession. That may sound dramatic, but you never really know how much something means to you until it’s gone. (A life lesson that I’ve been dealing with as well recently.) Sure, they aren’t my old skates, but they mean so much more to me than any pair of skates I’ve ever owned. I am overwhelmed and blown away by the love and support of so many people after what happened last month, the fact that I own a pair of skates based on donations from other people make them mean the world to me. I will never be able to thank everyone enough for continuously sharing my story, to KMOV news for doing an article on what happened, and all of the people who generously donated even the smallest amounts. This skating season will be dedicated to everyone who helped me overcome this ‘speed bump’ in my road to training in Colorado. Your kindness and actions speak volumes and are proof that while there are people in the world who do terrible things, there are so many people who are more than willing to lend a hand, even to a complete stranger, when they are in need.

I also wanted to give a extremely large personal thank you to Joelle Forte. In November 2013, I sat at Sectionals and watched her compete her gorgeous Short Program… She became a huge inspiration to me right then and there, and although I didn’t know her personally, I sent her a message on Facebook about how she inspired me and she openly messaged me back thanking me and telling me that I could accomplish anything I commit myself to. In December 2015 I posted a status about how I was overwhelmed and stressed because of my injury and a lot of things going on and she sent me a message saying how everything happens for a reason and that as long as I stay motivated and driven, I could accomplish anything I want, in addition to giving me some nutrition advice to help get my weight down again (you get that Masters in Nutrition, girl!!!) In January, after my skates were stolen, she sent me a message asking me what size blades I was using because she was willing to buy my new blades for me… My mouth dropped open in shock and a million thoughts and emotions flew through my head. How could someone who I’ve never really met or spent time in person with be willing to do something so amazing for me? I still could never find the words to thank you enough, Joelle. Thank you for your kind messages and believing in me. I promise I will enjoy every second of it and that every time I’m sore and can’t move it means that I’m getting stronger and can achieve anything, like you said. You are more than welcome to come visit me and explore Colorado with me whenever you want! <3

After Joelle bought my blades, I decided to spend the left over money I received on skating equipment that is essential to my training. I bought new soft guards, new hard guards, a new muscle rolling stick, a new skating bag, gloves, gel pads for blisters, etc. Thank you all for your contributions again. You all mean the world to me.
My new skates with soft and hard guards!
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Oh my gosh. I can't believe all of the love and support I have gotten the last week or so. You all have no idea what it means to me to log on here and see these amazing donations. I will be sure to post an update when I get my new skates (thanks to you all!). You all are truly a godsend and I can't thank you enough.
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Wow! $1,505 raised in 6 days! Some of it from people that I know and some of it from complete strangers to me. It means the world to me to have people who don't even know me supporting me. Thank you all for everything you've done for me emotionally and mentally. You make it all worth it! :)
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Rachel Duran Duran
34 months ago
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Jeramey you don't know this sweet young woman. She wouldn't lie about this!

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Stephanie Laws
34 months ago
2
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It was not snowing on Saturday...at all.

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Bullet Sparks-Meyer
34 months ago
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WOW JERAMEY it did not snow 16 hours on Saturday. get your facts straight before you accuse someone of lying. you need to find compassion for others. take time and do that before you do anything else.

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Christalyn Trimilove
34 months ago
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To Jeramey Johnson, No, it was not snowing on Saturday between 10am and 6pm. We were there all day and there was no snow whatsoever. Please don't accuse me of lying. I've been through enough. Thank you.

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Valerie Natacha Farret
34 months ago
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JJ...people like you make me laugh. Were you there?....No This young woman is very talented and is going places and I am proud to be able to support her with my donation. Thankfully, You and your comment will be forgotten.

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Sondra Kempf
34 months ago
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Did you talk to Enterprise about what they cover for that? I can't remember if that's covered under the extra policy they make you take out or not.

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Jeramey Johnson
34 months ago

I live in St. Louis and thus story is awful if it's true. My only doubt Is that the day and time this took place, we were getting snow and it snowed for about 16 hours. The pictures do but match. Her snapchar picture is accurate, but the broken window is not.

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Paul Trimilove
34 months ago

I meant west.

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Paul Trimilove
34 months ago

Jeramey, the picture was taken an hour east of Saint Louis. My dad didn't realize the back window was broken until they stopped to check what was making noise.

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Cindi RiosLobo
34 months ago

Jeremy, I live in St Louis, it was not snowing for 16 hours on Saturday. Don't know where you were but it wasn't in St Louis. there was a little before 10:00 a.m but it was a dusting and only did it for about an hour or two. It was probably gone by the time she got here. I don't know her, but it was even on the news that this happened, a police report and all. So stop accusing people of lying. I believe her and will share this post. Sadly we can't afford to donate but hopefully someone will see it and can. Good luck to you and I hope you can get new skates!

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Theresa Higgins-Trimilove
34 months ago

I am so touched by the support everyone has given to Christa during this difficult time. Gary, John, and Aunt Pearl, and everyone..,thank you for supporting my girl. It means the world to us! Dad went out today and bought her bed, dresser, and other furniture helping to set-up her apartment some since she now has to get the money together to buy all her things back in time. She will continually update everyone...and when those skates go onto her feet, after the blisters and breaking in, she will love them because they were a special gift from the outpouring of so many people who love and believe in her! She will always remember that as she looks at her skates forever...yes, all her skates are a normal part of her home decor because eventually after time, the blades are sharpened and wear and the boot eventually breaks-in and down in a year or more with the many triple jumps (hence, even a more painful loss as she wasn't expecting to have to break Ina new boot so soon

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Theresa Higgins-Trimilove
34 months ago

Also, she took the van picture in Colorado once they arrived, because they were too busy making police reports and meeting with Enterprise in St. Louis...not to mention very very distressed. I just want to present a clear picture...

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Theresa Higgins-Trimilove
34 months ago

Jeremy...they left and drove an hour toward Colorado and an hour back after realizing what happened because her dad was following her in the Mustang. She even goes as far as to say she understands that people don't usually steal unless they have to, and holds no ill will toward them, but prays for them. Please don't question her veracity, because as you can see, her family and friends would never. God Bless you and everyone who has supported Christa so far so she can order her skates a sap because the wait can sometimes be up to a month for the custom blades alone.

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$20
Ashley Naraine
33 months ago

Hi Christa, So sorry this happened to you. Best of luck in Colorado Springs:-)

KM
$25
Keith McBride
34 months ago

So sorry this happened. Wishing the best for your move and new chapter. Great things are in store for you :)

AW
$15
Alex White
34 months ago
1
1

I'm so sorry this happened to you in our great town. Hopefully you find out that the actions of few do not reflect the culture of all of us. Good luck in Colorado!

HN
$15
Hannah N
34 months ago
1
1

I'm so sorry this happened during your visit to St.Louis! It is a great city and I hope you know there are a lot of people here who are very sorry about what happened. Best of luck in Denver!

Rachel Duran Duran
34 months ago
2
2

Jeramey you don't know this sweet young woman. She wouldn't lie about this!

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Stephanie Laws
34 months ago
2
2

It was not snowing on Saturday...at all.

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Bullet Sparks-Meyer
34 months ago
2
2

WOW JERAMEY it did not snow 16 hours on Saturday. get your facts straight before you accuse someone of lying. you need to find compassion for others. take time and do that before you do anything else.

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Christalyn Trimilove
34 months ago
2
2

To Jeramey Johnson, No, it was not snowing on Saturday between 10am and 6pm. We were there all day and there was no snow whatsoever. Please don't accuse me of lying. I've been through enough. Thank you.

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Valerie Natacha Farret
34 months ago
1
1

JJ...people like you make me laugh. Were you there?....No This young woman is very talented and is going places and I am proud to be able to support her with my donation. Thankfully, You and your comment will be forgotten.

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Sondra Kempf
34 months ago
1
1

Did you talk to Enterprise about what they cover for that? I can't remember if that's covered under the extra policy they make you take out or not.

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Jeramey Johnson
34 months ago

I live in St. Louis and thus story is awful if it's true. My only doubt Is that the day and time this took place, we were getting snow and it snowed for about 16 hours. The pictures do but match. Her snapchar picture is accurate, but the broken window is not.

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Paul Trimilove
34 months ago

I meant west.

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Paul Trimilove
34 months ago

Jeramey, the picture was taken an hour east of Saint Louis. My dad didn't realize the back window was broken until they stopped to check what was making noise.

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Cindi RiosLobo
34 months ago

Jeremy, I live in St Louis, it was not snowing for 16 hours on Saturday. Don't know where you were but it wasn't in St Louis. there was a little before 10:00 a.m but it was a dusting and only did it for about an hour or two. It was probably gone by the time she got here. I don't know her, but it was even on the news that this happened, a police report and all. So stop accusing people of lying. I believe her and will share this post. Sadly we can't afford to donate but hopefully someone will see it and can. Good luck to you and I hope you can get new skates!

+ Read More
Theresa Higgins-Trimilove
34 months ago

I am so touched by the support everyone has given to Christa during this difficult time. Gary, John, and Aunt Pearl, and everyone..,thank you for supporting my girl. It means the world to us! Dad went out today and bought her bed, dresser, and other furniture helping to set-up her apartment some since she now has to get the money together to buy all her things back in time. She will continually update everyone...and when those skates go onto her feet, after the blisters and breaking in, she will love them because they were a special gift from the outpouring of so many people who love and believe in her! She will always remember that as she looks at her skates forever...yes, all her skates are a normal part of her home decor because eventually after time, the blades are sharpened and wear and the boot eventually breaks-in and down in a year or more with the many triple jumps (hence, even a more painful loss as she wasn't expecting to have to break Ina new boot so soon

+ Read More
Theresa Higgins-Trimilove
34 months ago

Also, she took the van picture in Colorado once they arrived, because they were too busy making police reports and meeting with Enterprise in St. Louis...not to mention very very distressed. I just want to present a clear picture...

+ Read More
Theresa Higgins-Trimilove
34 months ago

Jeremy...they left and drove an hour toward Colorado and an hour back after realizing what happened because her dad was following her in the Mustang. She even goes as far as to say she understands that people don't usually steal unless they have to, and holds no ill will toward them, but prays for them. Please don't question her veracity, because as you can see, her family and friends would never. God Bless you and everyone who has supported Christa so far so she can order her skates a sap because the wait can sometimes be up to a month for the custom blades alone.

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