Since opening a small book store in the Sierras (30 minutes from Yosemite) five years ago, we have dealt with numerous natural disasters - fires mainly, bark beetles and mudslides. This past summer the Ferguson Fire closed Yosemite and burned for nearly 5 weeks. Our area suffered a loss in the 10s of millions. While we did not suffer any property loss or wages (my husband worked overtimes to pay our staff) we did suffer huge income loss.
I read about BINC in Publishers Weekly and as a member of the American Booksellers Association, I had knowledge of the organization, but never thought we would qualify. I sent an inquiry on a Tuesday and had an answer and funds to assist me in paying for rent and PG&E expenses by Friday.
I cannot express how this has helped my store and me personally. I have room to breathe and begin getting back on my feet due to their understanding and generosity. I'm not sure we would have made it past November had it not been for their assistance.
I have no words good enough to express my gratitude. You have made a difference in my life and in the lives of many others and you are appreciated.
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