Moxie Manzanita Tornado Relief

$23,525 of $23,000 goal

Raised by 254 people in 24 months
Dana Zia
on behalf of Sarah Simmons
 MANZANITA, OR
Our friend Sarah's business Moxie Fair Trade was struck by a tornado early yesterday morning in Manzanita, Oregon. Sarah is a strong resilient woman who prides herself on spreading love and helping others. The loss of Moxie is very devastating to her and all the familes that it supports. Moxie is Sarah's main source of income to support her children, four employees and many other familes of the world.

Sarah also uses Moxie to empower women, men, and children on a global scale. As part of the Fair Trade movement, her store supports cooperatives that rescue women from the sex trade, teach women trades so they can support themselves and their families, educate children to improve their lives by giving them tools to be successful, and so much more.

In the wake of yesterday's devastating tornado, and the subsequent loss of her livelihood, Sarah needs your support.

All contributions will be used to support Sarah's family and to re-build her shop that supports so many others. Thank you for contributing whatever you can, every little bit helps.

Here is Sarah's interview regarding Moxie and the tornado damage.
http://www.kgw.com/weather/business-owner-in-mazanita-surveys-tornado-damage/336134908

Thank you,

-Sarah's friends (Angelle, Dana, Lori, and Dirk)
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Hello Moxie and Sarah supporters! Here is an update from Sarah herself.........

Hey Everyone!!!
I want to take a moment to update you on where I'm at and ask you for one more favor, which is to PLEASE send me your mailing address so I can send you a beautiful thank you card that I designed with one of my favorite artists, Debbie Harmon! I made these cards FOR YOU, so please send your mailing address to me in a PM on facebook or to this email address so I can send them to you! It would mean the world to me to be able to get them into your hands, it's my way of hugging you!


So the update is THAT YOU SAVED ME. Really. I finally received some insurance money in early December. But until then I was adrift with no income to take care of my home, family, employees, second store and my many many first store bills. I used the gofundme money during that time while I fought with the insurance. It held all my ships afloat during the storm! Now all of that money has been replaced back into my moxie account awaiting my rebuilding!! So you saved me TWICE! I'm still working with the insurance, so hopefully will get more for rebuilding and loss of income, but one never knows, so I am holding tight to that gofundme money in case it is all I have to reopen.


That said, I AM reopening Moxie!!! The hope is that I will be up and running again in beautiful manzanita by June of 2017! We've kept the lease rolling and the building should begin in March I believe.


Thank you for your support keeping my life and work afloat during the chaos! Thank you for your belief in me and what Moxie does in the world! Thank you for all the words of encouragement and all the love you poured out for me while I was tumbling through chaos, it literally kept me whole. It's really hard to express how much this has taught me about so many things, but one is how NOT ALONE I really am. I think that lesson was one of the largest. We all struggle with feeling alone and scared sometimes, it's part of being human. But to free fall so hard and be so gently and lovingly caught in a net of your human arms and love, made this tornado somehow worth all the pain. It will always be one of the biggest memories in my life, so thank you for being the GOOD PART of that wild event!!!


Please send me your mailing addresses. I really really want to give you one of these cards! Pretty please! You mean the world to me, let me thank you!


Thank you!!!!

Love and immense blessings to you and yours!

Biggest hugs ever!!

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Hello Moxie and Sarah fans!
I've got great good news. Thanks to a generous donation from the folks at Go Fund Me, we have not only met but overcome our goal for Sarah and Moxie! Thank you so much each and everyone of you that have donated. Sarah told me to tell you all that she wishes she had time to write everyone personally and tell them what a huge gift this has been for her but she is scrambling to keep up with everything. Hours and hours on the phone with insurance, running the store in Seaside, sorting through damaged goods, and being a single mother are keeping her uber busy.

I know personally that this Go-Fund-Me account has made the difference in her crazy world she found herself dropped into and brought a ray of sunshine into the mists. This is definitely a most wonderful gift. Thank you thank you thank you!!♥ And please remember to shop up in Seaside at her store and tell your friends!
Sarah in front of her Seaside store.
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Hello Moxie and Sarah supporters!♥
We are almost to the goal funding! Thank you thank you thank you everyone! What loving support that Sarah feels so deeply and is so very grateful to each and every donation. It has really helped with this very rough week she has just been through.

Sarah has recovered her insurance documents from Moxie Manzanita but has heard that it might take awhile to get it to pay off. She has been on the phone for hours already trying to figure her way through the maze.

Sarah with the help of many helpers got all her merchandise out of Moxie Manzanita! YEAH! Now she will have to go through it all and figure out what is damaged beyond selling and what isn't. She has moved all the merchandise to her Seaside Store and is sorting it there.

The store is located at 609 Broadway in Seaside Oregon and shopping there and encouraging others to shop there is the true way to support her through this next difficult 9-12 months till Moxie Manzanita is open again. Maybe plan a shopping mob with friends up to Seaside to continue support for her.

Once again thank you for all your loving support and caring notes. Sarah has read each and every one of them and is so thankful! ♥

A big mountain hug from Sarah
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Good Morning Moxie and Sarah fans!
Sarah just heard from her landlord that she won't be back in the building for at least 9 months it's been so badly damaged!!! Another shaky limb she is out on. Please if anyone hears of a place for her to set up business on Laneda in Manzanita for the short term re-build, contact her.

Thank you thank you thank you for all the generous donations! It will help so much.
in gratitude
Dana Zia
Sarah meeting the women she buys from
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Gregory Arnold
22 months ago

Uber happy to hear you met your goal. You definitely make a difference in this world and it's great to hear so many rallied around you to help out. I'm proud of everyone especially you, Sarah, for staying strong and pushing thru this difficult time. Cheers!

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$23,525 of $23,000 goal

Raised by 254 people in 24 months
Created October 15, 2016
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On Giving Tuesday, we’re excited to celebrate those who #GoBeyondGiving. Your campaign touched us here at GoFundMe, and we’d like to say thanks.

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julie frantz
23 months ago
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Admire your strength and your concern for others your store supports globally through your fair trade sales.

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Denise Lofman
23 months ago
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With love from the Kerwin-Lofman family.

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Joe Burch
23 months ago

We love you Sarah! And all that you do for the world... Keep on spreading that love light! - Love The Burch Family

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23 months ago
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Sending hugs and love from Aaron and me. We wish we were there to help. <3

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Gregory Arnold
22 months ago

Uber happy to hear you met your goal. You definitely make a difference in this world and it's great to hear so many rallied around you to help out. I'm proud of everyone especially you, Sarah, for staying strong and pushing thru this difficult time. Cheers!

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