Robbery Relief for my sisters family

$505 of $16k goal

Raised by 13 people in 51 months
Tara Smith   SEATTLE, WA

(Everett, WA "“ June 9, 2012) My sister Amanda and I were working at my store, Monster Art and Clothing, when her house was broken into. She had everything all packed up to move from Everett to Ballard the next morning. Her door was kicked in, her house was ransacked, and valuable items were stolen including: a laptop with all their family photos, electronics, 2 digital cameras, 2 guitars, a base guitar, video games, CDs, DVDs, my sister's engagement ring, medications, a 357 revolver, and even their spare change jar. But it gets worse:

 

Amanda's partner Sasha is a well known tattoo artist in Seattle, with a shop called Dark Horse Tattoo. They have been saving up for the last 5 years to buy a new tattoo shop, with a hair salon in Ballard. My sister is getting ready to go to beauty school, and this was their dream. They were moving to Ballard to provide a better life for their 2 children, in a more kid friendly neighborhood with less crime. They were very close to their goal, and hoped to have enough money to open the shop within the next year. Tragically, their safe with $16,000 was also stolen in the robbery.

 

Friends and family helped my sister move, but she's starting over feeling very discouraged. Sasha is currently tattooing in New York, and it's been a difficult time for them to be apart. Last week, the robbers came back, this time breaking into their garage, stealing more items we hadn't moved yet, and throwing the rest into the street. It makes me really glad we got my sister and the kids moved to a safe place! We hope the police catch this guy soon, so he will stop terrorizing our family. The man who we believe did this, is a suspect in several other Everett robberies, and he's been very elusive. I have faith that we can raise enough money for their dream of a new tattoo parlor to still become a reality, but we need help from our community.

As the owner of Monster Art and Clothing in Ballard, I'm giving away gift cards to thank people for their donations. Amanda works at Monster every Saturday, let's show her that we care! If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and donate in person. We're open 7 days a week. Amanda, Sasha, their 2 kids, and the Monster family sincerely thank you.

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Update 6
48 months ago
We're still raising funds for Amanda's family. Through donations at Monster, and online we've raised $1,000. It's still not enough for them to open the new shop, but every bit helps. Please share this with your friends on Facebook, the more we get the word out, the better chance we have of meeting our goal.
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Update 5
50 months ago
Amanda is having a garage sale today, and Monday July 2nd. If the weather is nice, we'll also do it this Sun, July 1st. It's at her old house in Everett. Her her new place is much smaller, so there's a lot of things she needs to get rid of. Several people, including myself have also donated clothing and other items in great condition to be sold at the garage sale. There is a huge selection of womens clothing! Plus, clothing and toys her kids have out-grown including: girl clothes size 2T-4T, boy clothes size 12mo-5T, play & learn toys, legos, a kids desk, giant bear, and vhs & dvds.
There's also a lot of "man stuff " including music equip, amps, and tools. So come support my sister's family by getting awesome deals on things for yourself. It's a win, win!
Address: 1219 41st St, Everett, WA 98201
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Update 4
50 months ago
Thank you everyone for donating! KOMO News featured the story on their website too. We're having a huge fundraiser at Monster on July 14th during the Ballard Art Walk. Check out the details here: http://www.facebook.com/events/306307802796800/
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Update 3
51 months ago
Going to Amanda's graduation tonight. I'm so proud of her! I'm really glad we got her and the kids moved to a safe place. The guy who robbed her house went back last night, and ransacked her garage. He went through there like a tornado, and threw it all into the street! He tried to get in her house again, but good thing my dad boarded it up. The Everett PD is hot on his trail, but haven't been able to catch him yet. I really hope they put this guy away, so he'll stop terrorizing our family!
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$505 of $16k goal

Raised by 13 people in 51 months
Created June 11, 2012
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$25
Victoria
50 months ago

god bless and good luck restoring your life. very sad to hear this but hope you will get back to where you were!

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JV
$25
Jeanne VanBuren
50 months ago

May the blue bird of happiness crap on the heads of the thiefs. Sorry for the loss.

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Anonymous
50 months ago
JP
$50
Jessica Prince
50 months ago

We <3 you.

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KV
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Keith and Katie VanBuren
50 months ago

Hope things get better quickly for the all of you.

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KG
$5
Karyn Gold
51 months ago

I'm so sorry this has happened to you guys - I can only imagine what you must be going through. I wish I could donate more, but I'm sure every little bit helps right now, so I'm happy to contribute! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

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RG
$50
Rosalie Gale
51 months ago

So sorry to hear about this!

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SP
$50
Staci & Pete
51 months ago

Don't know you guys directly but feel for your situation. We are saving for our dream too. And we love Monster Art & Clothing. Everyone we have met there has been awesome.

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J
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Jesse
51 months ago
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Jocelyn
51 months ago

To your rebounding success!!

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