Here at ExpressionsVinyl we are no strangers to making donations to good causes. We often make donations of either money or product to a variety of people and groups in various circumstances. However, these generally don’t hit very close to home.
In the past we have even called on our customers and fans to contribute to these in some way although we generally like to just make donations without fanfare because we have been blessed with a prosperous business and we don’t want to do good things just for the publicity. We want to do them just because it’s right.
This last week we learned about a situation with one of our friends and neighbors who have been trying to sell their home for some time. They have been in need of selling this home due to the turn in the economy that has negatively affected so many. Recently they had come to an agreement to sell the home. The trouble is that just a couple hours before they were due to sign papers to complete the transaction they learned that they were about to sell their home to some people that one of the new residents has an extensive criminal record and had been involved in a 3 hour standoff with police just two days earlier.
When they learned of this news they decided that they could not sell their home to these people and for two main reasons. First and foremost that their daughter and grandchildren live next door and also operate a pre-school from their home. Number two that they love their neighbors and did not want to bring that kind of potential activity to the neighborhood.
There have been several parties involved in this from realtors, to banks and titles companies, as well as the landlord where they were going to be renting after their departure. All of these people having a financial interest in the transaction. All these people except the buyer’s real estate agent agreed that this was a reasonable decision and agreed that they would not seek any monies they felt were owed to them.
Now the buyer’s agent is suing our dear friends and neighbors for the lost commission as well as legal fees for breach of contract. This is a hard hit for a family who is already in desperation to sell a home.
The simple fact of the matter is that this agent is within their right by law to do this. From our research it seems that most agents would never pursue this because it is generally regarded as unethical since it only lines their pockets and does not actually do anything for the buyer they represent. They are being sued for nearly $11,000.
This weekend there have been various neighborhood and community fundraisers to help these people. Between these they have raised a little over 25% of the money needed. Now I am not certain of the circumstances but understand that if they do not settle by Tuesday the 7th it will further complicate the matter and in turn increase the cost of the situation.
We have carefully considered this situation and how we can help more. So we thought why not reach out to the vinyl community for more help. We want to be clear that we don’t really love the idea of essentially begging from our customers and fans, but it seemed logical given the circumstances. This will not become any kind of regular practice by us. We are indeed grateful to the friends for choosing not to bring that near us.
Now we understand many people are in dire financial situations and that you may not agree with this situation or may be indifferent on it and that is your prerogative. All we ask is that if you disagree with us and our friends that you please just choose not to donate and move on. If you feel for these folks and have the means to help, even if it’s just a dollar or two, then please make a donation.
We have personally contributed to our friends but want to do more. However we can’t nearly afford to donate the full amount they need. But what we will do is match any contributions of our wonderful customers and fans up to $2000. As a business and a family we just can’t afford much more than that at this time. So we hope you can help.
We can’t express with words how much we appreciate our loyal customers and fans. Without you our business would be nothing. So THANK YOU!!! From the bottom of our hearts.
Carl and Jessica Tyger
Owners – ExpressionsVinyl.com
** update** Thank you to all for thoughts and prayers as well as monetary donations. It is all very much appreciated. Thanks to you and your donations to make life a little easier on this family at this time. Thanks to you this family will receive $2500 to help them with their troubles.