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Marshal's Van

$30,422 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 153 people in 3 months
Created December 26, 2018
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Me and Marshal again.
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I'm very pleased to announce that last Saturday, Marshal and I braved the winter storm and drove to Findley, Ohio and picked up his new van. It's a 15 passenger 2018 Ford Transit 350. It has all the bells and whistles, and a lot of safety features Marshal's old van didn't have...like doors that open!! But kidding aside, I posted some pictures of Marshal and his new van, and one with me and Marshal and the van, and a copy of the buyer's order so everyone can see where their hard earned money went. A new 2018 van like this one has a price tag of $46000 before taxes and fees. The van only has 9600 miles and was $29191 including all taxes and fees. Marshal will, however, have to register it in Indiana so the licensing fee has yet to be paid. But fear not, some late donation arrivals came in and he should have no problems as far as that goes. Also, another donation should be arriving soon. I'll keep everyone posted on that. I'll leave you with those pictures and my thanks to all the sailors and civilians alike who really stepped up and dug deep to help a man who's only aim in life is to help others.
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Well folks, no one is happier than I am that we reached our goal in 3 short weeks! Well, maybe Marshal is!! In fact, we surpassed the goal by an additional $5000 thanks to a late donation that hasn't been posted yet.
This entire campaign reminds me of the movie "It's A Wonderful Life," where George Bailey is in need and all the townspeople come to his aid. I have just been awestruck how everyone jumped on the bandwagon when they heard Marshal needed help,and donated their hard earned dollars at a time when most people need to hang on to it. The shipping companies, unions and shipping agents, as well as many other companies and scores upon scores of individuals and sailors stepped up and donated and offered their kind words of care and support. Hopefully, my next update will be accompanied by pictures of Marshal standing next to his new van. We hope to pick it up around the 19th or 20th. We're travelling to a dealership in Ohio as that is where we found the best vehicle for the best price. Marshal is very happy and can't wait to get behind the wheel and continue his work of helping others. I'm am also very happy that I was able to be a part of this, and everyone who donated should be very proud of themselves as well. Keep an eye out here and on my FB page for a look at the new van. See you soon and thanks again!!
Reed Wilson 2nd Mate M/V Burns Harbor
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Well everyone, we're almost there! After only 2 short weeks, the outpouring of love for Marshal has been tremendous. Everyone can look in the mirror and tell yourselves what a good thing you have done. I'm so looking forward to going with Marshal to pick up the new van in 10 days or so. He has picked out a 15 passenger van so that he can take everyone to where they need to go, all at once. No more having to wait due to size constraints. I'll be posting a picture of Marshal standing by his new van as I did with the old one. Again, thank you all for contributing . I feel so fortunate that I was able to help Marshal in his time of need, as he has helped all of us with our needs.
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$30,422 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 153 people in 3 months
Created December 26, 2018
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Chief Andrew Sturgess
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Captain Curtis Kikkert
2 months ago
MD
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Marsh Drege
2 months ago
IH
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Ian Hirt
2 months ago
OT
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OPIE Taylor
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Ed Lobb
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