THIS is community. THANK YOU ALL!! I am so touched by the amount of monetary support everyone has contributed. I know the Cousin family is too! While it is no surprise that our community bands together in crisis and opens our homes and wallets... It still is shocking to see over $12,500 in one day!!! Please continue to support this cause. Please SHARE this cause! You never know who you are connected to that is willing to open their hearts to a stranger in need. This is a true blessing to know that so many people have come together.
A special thank you to Sue Joseph Fischer for the generous donation of plane tickets so Judy and Bob could say goodbye to Judy's passing father. Who knew their day could get any worse... But it did and so many people were willing to do whatever it took to get them to Minnesota to say goodbye.
Thank you to the dozens of people donating clothing, home goods, food & offering their free services!!
Thank you to Darith James for setting up the local bank account!! and Kate Joseph Folger for heading the auction/fundraiser! Thanks to Chris Popper for keeping an up to date website with all the happenings of the help for the cousin's family and funding nemos! I know I am missing some people, just please know everyone is so grateful for all the support for this family!!
Let's not stop the momentum.. Keep it going! Keep sharing, keep giving and keep praying to whatever greater being and spirit you believe for a fast and speedy turn around.
The amount of support is incredible!! We are almost at our first milestone goal of $10,000! More needs to be raised though! If you haven't heard, not only did the Cousin's lose their home and business, but last night Judy was told her father was very I'll and might not make it through the night. WE NEED MORE SUPPORT FOR THEIR TRIP TO SEE HER FATHER IN MINNESOTA! Please help and continue to share. You are all so wonderful and I know the family feels all the love, so please... Keep it coming!!
As you may or may not know, the iconic Cap'n Nemos located in Bass Harbor, ME owned and operated by the Cousin's family tragically burned down on December 4th, 2013. Not only was this their business that put food on their table, but it was their home as well. And in one night, it's all gone.
Everyone has been touched by this family or establishment in one way or another. Whether it be watching one of the kids play basketball, gathering for an ugly sweater party, singing your heart out at karaoke, having one of their "Sex in the Woods", sitting by the fire, or just listening to the hundreds of stories they had to offer, the Cousin's have truly had a huge impact on the community.
Nemo's was no ordinary community bar: this eccentric place of gathering was a place for the locals. Whether or not you were considered a "regular", anyone who walked through the back or front entrance was welcomed with open arms and a hearty "cheers!". The stove was always hot, and the drinks always strong. The people always welcoming and the food always good.
With tragedy can come uplifting. Now is the time for us to pull together as a community. We pride ourselves for helping our "neighbor's brother's sister in-law's cousin that is twice removed" if they are in a bind and need a tow, or to borrow your truck if they need help moving, or maybe simple just lending them a boiler so they can put on a lobster bake by the ocean. So how about we reach into our pockets, no matter how shallow or deep they may be and try and find a way to give back to a family that has given back to us. No matter how direct or indirectly they may have impacted your life, this family is part of our community and this tragic accident could not have come at a worse time. It's December in Maine and the whether isn't expected to get any warmer...
Cap'n Nemo's did not have fire insurance. Not only do they need physical donations of clothing, blankets, food, etc... they need monetary donations to assist them in getting back on their feet. Rebuilding their HOME and keeping a roof over their heads this winter.
Tis the season. Please join me in reconsidering your "budget" for this holiday season and consider putting aside some of the money for all those gifts of things many people just "want" and don't truly "need" and instead putting it into the hands of a family that needs us.