Bookseller stories

Thank You for Being a Helper

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Thank you for being a helper. Thank you for taking out the stress, uncertainty and fear when book and comic employees face unexpected crises. Your donations and advocacy change lives.

You Are Helping Us Provide Mental Health Support

A report from the American Psychological Association showed that the pandemic has heightened the impact of chronic prolonged stress for people from all walks of life, and is especially linked to anxiety, depression, anger, sleep difficulties, eating disorders. You know that if you read about it in the news, then Binc is there for employees and owners of bookstores and comic shops who are experiencing it.

You Reminded a Bookseller That They Are Not Alone

It starts with something small. A late payment. An unexpected expense. Then it snowballs and suddenly a bookseller is living in a dark and cold apartment with no heat, light, or running water. Thanks to you, a grant from Binc allowed them to get the water and electricity reconnected bringing light, warmth, and hope back into their home.

Community Comes Together for a Bookseller

This bookseller was able to use two Binc programs – matching grants and the emergency financial assistance program. Your support allowed Binc to match what the bookseller’s local community raised, and provided enough additional assistance to pay for their travel expenses, and also the cremation and burial for their loved one. 

You Helped A Bookseller Smile Again

The pandemic has been hard on dental health. People are delaying dental care due to cost, lack of insurance, fear of exposure to the virus, and limited appointments. Binc is receiving more and more calls about dental health issues.

You Helped A Bookseller Find Shelter

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Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live, but a bookseller found themselves grappling with housing insecurity when their building was unexpectedly sold.

You Helped A Bookseller Put Family First

When a bookseller, who parents three small children, needed to take a week off work to care for all three of their seriously sick children it sent the family’s financial situation into what could have been a downward spiral. Your support is part of the safety net for this bookseller and the many other booksellers and comic shop employees and owners that face unexpected financial difficulties.

With Your Help, Binc Provides Resources and Reassurance

We sometimes hear that a bookseller or comic employee is so worried about a possible medical bill they put off going to the doctor or dentist for a long time. In situations like these, Binc’s assistance is not only monetary. With your help, Binc offers financial and informational resources and a compassionate ear.

Helping a Bookseller Stay Ahead of the Storm

Binc can help in many ways during a natural disaster, from quick emergency funds for gas and food, to helping a family stay ahead of the mortgage in spite of missed paychecks and all the extra expenses a disaster can cause.

You Helped A Bookseller Prevail After A Hurricane

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A bookseller owns a thriving bookstore housed in a turn-of-the-century building in a charming town on the Atlantic coast. Hurricane Florence, which brought more than 24 inches of water and multiple days of high winds, put the store’s future in jeopardy. Find out how Binc helped.

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