Help the Shqairs!

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

The Story

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 by Matt Bugaj
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 by Matt Bugaj
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 by Matt Bugaj
Sorry! I know you can dig around on the site to contact me, but I'll make it easier: my email is Have a great day!

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Matt Bugaj
Hello fellow supporters! Just a quick update to let you know that the bank account process took longer than expected, but that's finally done, so the total of more than $7,000 will be in my possession within a few days. I'm still waiting on 3 paper checks as well. Hopefully within the week I'll have a check ready and will be able to present it to Julia Shqair. I'm thinking about having some of our other supporters come with me to show the family the warm embrace of a community. Send me an email if you'd like to be present for this exchange, which will likely be brief.

Posted on January 7, 2014 by Matt Bugaj
Whoops! Looks like I made a mistake when I checked last night! The fundraiser CONTINUES for another 8 hours! There's still time for you to tell your friends or up your gift if you like. That's all. Have a great FROZEN day!

Posted on January 7, 2014 by Matt Bugaj
3 hours to go! Of course, you can send them a check later, but the best and easiest way to help is to jump in before this fundraiser ends. I don't profit a dime from this. About 97% of your donation goes straight to the family. This is a wonderful thing to be a part of and I don't want you to miss out if you meant to donate something. I do not consider this to be MY gift, but OURS. Give more than you gave if you get that feeling.

Posted on January 6, 2014 by Matt Bugaj

AMAZING! An anonymous donor, our 100th to be exact, just dropped a HUGE cash bomb and took us the rest of the way to our goal! I am so blessed! Isn't everyone thrilled?!?!?! I mean, wow! Just wow. God bless us, every one.


Posted on January 6, 2014 by Matt Bugaj
Last day of the official fundraiser! My internet has been down for 3 days, so I haven't been able to post updates. Please tell your friends. Please forward this along to all of your contacts. Donations have ranged from $10 to $1,000, and every little bit helps! Please consider helping the Shqair family today. It's not likely you'll just drop by the store to check up on them after the fundraiser is over. It usually doesn't work that way. No, it has to be today. There's no more time to wait! Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed. I hope it means the world to the Shqair family to know that we all really care about them, that we love them and want the best for them in life despite this senseless tragedy that has threatened their future. Good people can make a big difference in this world, cancel out the bad people, as long as we give it our full effort! Feel and send the love!

Posted on January 2, 2014 by Matt Bugaj

Only 5 days left! Please share the fundraiser with your friends and let them know time is running short on the goal! Thanks!

Show them what great kids these are with the video!

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Matt Bugaj

Alright, folks! We're doing great! There's a LOT of money that's come in to help this devastated family recover from this most recent burglary and survive the winter. I'm really blessed by this and hope you are, too! We don't have far to go to reach the goal!

As we head into the last week of the fundraiser, I've realized that, while they're nice, WePay is like PayPal in that they take a small portion of the funds for their own operations. It's not much - most of our money is going directly to the Shqair family, but I have bumped up the target slightly so that we can give them a full $7000, which is well within our reach.

Please share this with your friends and family! I started out thinking I'd stretch myself and give $200, then decided to open it up and have found the giving increase exponentially! For every $1 you give, there's probably $5 waiting out there on the other end of your email or social media. Please share the word! Allow other people to be blessed by being a part of this blessing! Again, thank you so much on behalf of the Shqair family. God bless.


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