Help the Shqairs!

For: The Shqair Family
Organizer: Matt Bugaj
$7,445
of $7,400 goal.
Raised by 102 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/thieves_again_hit_syracuse_pizzeria_where_store_owner_was_killed.html#incart_m-rpt-2

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/10/brother_of_gunned_down_syracuse_pizzeria_owner_reopens_store_with_new_eye_to_sec.html

I haven't heard a story this heartbreaking in quite a while. Please read over the two links above, which explain the story better than I can. A family has lost its father and has no choice but to continue to operate the store in which he was murdered, to return to that exact location every day, swallow hard, and go about their business. Then, they were shown just how much they are loved and cared for by their community: Thieves broke in and stole everything last Friday!

I cannot imagine that this is the America that an immigrant family sees. I can't imagine that people can sit idly by and fail to help because he doesn't have their name or skin color. I can't imagine that people can unwrap thousands of dollars worth of gifts they don't need in a few days, that they'll return unwanted gifts in droves in the coming weeks, that people will flock to discount stores and by huge piles of discounted Christmas items to put away for next year,  and then will sit idly by and watch devastation happen right in front of their computer screens.

Help must come. Help has to come. We have to show love. We have to let Shqair's children know that the world is a better place than this! There is good in this world and we are it! This, these next couple of weeks, is the best I can do for them. I'd love to give all those kids a hug and tell them life's going to be okay, that no matter what happens, if you're still breathing, you have a chance in this life!

If anything I've said inspires you, please send along some money to give to Julia Shqair, to help her pay her bills for the next few months. If you think of other ways to help them out, to show them the love of God in this terrible time for them, send me an email and I'll help you make it happen.

For me, the highest words that invigorate the Christmas season are, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men." Please make that peace and good will real for this family.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 24, 2014

Posted on January 24, 2014

Well, we just had 7 wonderful people in our living room. Julia, her brother Jalal, and all 5 kids wanted to come by to say thanks. I really feel that we did a great thing in helping this family and letting them know that people care. I gave Julia the envelope with $7,400, all of the notes that were left by supporters, and direct contact information for the Syracuse University admissions department for Khalil. This chapter of the story finishes on an upswing. Be blessed tonight, everyone.

Posted on January 22, 2014

Posted on January 22, 2014

I'll be handing over the check this week. The family didn't want a big show. Heck, they never asked for me to do this. So, they'll just be dropping by and that will be that. I'm going to pass along a print-out of all the comments left by supporters on the fundraiser site, as well as some information I have regarding Syracuse University's interest in the oldest son as a student. I won't say "We did it!" because we didn't bring a man back from the dead, but I'll say that we did do something to combat evil in this world, and there's not a whole lot more you can hope to do than that. God bless.

Posted on January 10, 2014

Posted on January 10, 2014

Sorry! I know you can dig around on the site to contact me, but I'll make it easier: my email is boogshine@gmail.com. Have a great day!

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