If you’re from the area, you’re aware of the flash flood that happened this weekend in Ellicott City, which resulted in devastating destruction. During the flood, one store owner, Jason Barnes along with others, can be seen creating a human link in order to pull a woman from her drifting vehicle.
It is amazing that everyone involved in this particular act of selflessness seemed to be unharmed, considering the destruction to the Historic District. Over the next few weeks, there will be many opportunities to help those that were impacted. Barnes not only has a damaged store, but he lost his car in a sinkhole, so his stepmother set up a GoFundMe to recoup some of what he lost.
Jason Barnes, my stepson, was caught up in the tragedy of the Ellicott City, MD floods on 30 July 2016. As he was getting ready to close up his store, All Time Toys, for the night he noticed some water in the basement where all of his inventory was stored. He thought nothing of it, as the basement has gotten minor flooding in past rain events, but as he was moving his inventory off the floor he noticed water flooding in around the door that accesses the exterior of the building. Just as he reached the stairs heading for the main floor, the door gave way to feet of water gushing into the basement.
To make matters worse, Jason just recently realized his lifelong dream when he was able to purchase this store just two short months ago. This was his family of five’s sole means of support. Jason and his wife, Christine, have three children; Chance(16), Evelynn(4.5), and Nathanial(1.5). If you could find it in your hearts to spare anything you think you can afford, we would be forever grateful. If not, we certainly understand, but ask at a minimum you share his story with as many friends and family as you can. Thank you so much for your time.