UPDATE from John and Deborah
If there was one person we had to Thank, it would be Joyce for all the time and effort in putting this together. If it were not for each and every donation, we might have been looking at losing the store.
Deborah had a near-death experience that put us in a lot of dept. And forced us to close the store a lot fewer days than now. She came close to being self-efficient, still being tethered to an oxygen tank 24/7. She was forced to take care of me, but not after getting the phone call from the Township police on May 15th that I was rushed to the hospital. I was kept in a coma for three days after having a stent put in. On May 23ed, I became a very concerned owner of a defibrillator/pacemaker and was shipped off to a rehab hospital. This whole ordeal would have been very difficult without my loving wife and two daughters there by my side every step of the way.
I am home now and will be for an undetermined amount of time with the biggest job for the whole day is going down to the mailbox to get the mail. I did leave out some of the boring details, like how I was dead when they found me and brought me back to life.
Joyce put this whole thing together with the information she had; it's not like she had anything else to do. Thank you, Joyce; you are truly a blessing to us.
We will keep you updated on my progress.
Thank you, everyone. We cannot begin to tell you how much we appreciate each and every donation.
John and Deborah are over the moon with joy and gratitude at the incredible response from their community. The early June invoices have been taken care of, and there's a little cushion to get them through the rest of the month.
One of the donors commented, “God's people are helping God's people.” That is the simple truth of it. John still has weeks of recovery ahead of him, but he's eager to get back into the store to see all of you.
As the organizer, I'm blown away at how generous everyone has been. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. If I were in this position, I would pray that my community would be as big-hearted as you all have been.
If Colors of Glass is your happy place, you've probably noticed that they've been closed for a few weeks. Take heart! With a little help from our friends, John and Deborah will be able to re-open and continue being the hub of our art glass community.
In mid-May, John had a major heart attack. Fortunately, the person he was with knew CPR and was able to administer it to keep him alive until help arrived. The first responders used a defibrillator on him and maintained CPR until the ambulance arrived.
Since then, he's been in the hospital with Deborah by his side and not at work. You all know that John and Deborah run Colors of Glass alone. There was no one to turn to to keep the doors open.
To make a bad situation worse, a small business like this one is frequently running from month to month with no cushion to pay the rent if the sales aren't there. Sadly, that's where John and Deborah are now.
If you cherish the time you spend at Colors of Glass, please make a donation to help them pay the June rent and utilities and all those other pesky expenses that come from keeping the doors open.