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I am NOT asking for $.  I am here for brainstorming about ways to get "the message out" to those that can possibly help my wife, mother-in-law and me. 
 
Our house was burglarized on Thanksgiving Day.  There is a famous saying "everything but the kitchen sink" but in this case, they took the sink.  The burglars literally took everything of monetary value - including the surveillance system.  I have had to setup a GoFundMe to try to get enough $ together to get my wife and I back on our feet.  The campaign is for <$3000; it is just enough for us to get the equipment we need to start working again.  I lost all my PhD research so I have to start that again soon or just give up on it. 
 
I have attempted to use Facebook posts and direct messaging with friends/family asking for help.  This has met with limited success.  What other forms of social media or types of posts would you recommend we try to spread the word to those that are in a charitable mood?  Would any of you be willing to look at the campaign with a critical eye to see if there is anything I should change or do that will help us reach our goal?
 
I am NOT posting the campaign here.  If you want to see the campaign, message me directly. 
 
I am trying to not break any forum rules but I need some help figuring out what to do.  If this post is crossing the line, I am sorry and will delete it unless the mods do that for me first.
 
No matter what, I want to wish to you all to have Happy Holidays. 

I am NOT asking for $ here.  I need help brainstorming the best way "to get the message out" to those that might help my family. 

Our home was burglarized on Thanksgiving.  We lost all of our computers, electronic devices, jewelry, my watch collection and a lot more.  They even stole the security system.  My cameras record directly to the Internet so at least we have some video of the jerks before they ripped the router out of the wall.  This was not just a proverbial case of "everything but the kitchen sink" because they took that too.  I really hope nobody else has to experience this in their lives.  It is extremely hard to cope with mentally in addition to financially.  As a student, I had limited funds to do things and cancelled my renter's insurance because I needed the funds to be used elsewhere.  I learned the valuable lesson of never doing that again.

Our GoFundMe has met with limited success.  We need a total of under <$3k to get us back on our feet.  That is what it will take for me to start my PhD research up again and get my wife back to work.  We have messaged friends/family directly and posted on social media.  What other ways do you recommend we get the message out?

I will not be posting a link to my GoFundMe here.  If you would like to view the campaign to help me fix anything that isn't properly done, needs to be changed or other suggestions, message me directly.  That is the only way I will provide you the link. 

Again, I am not asking for $ from the people of this forum.  I am asking for help figuring out how to make the campaign more successful so we can get back on our feet faster.  If I am crossing any lines with this post, please tell me so I can either fix it or delete it.  If the mods feel this should be deleted, I will understand and would like to know if you have suggestions for how I can do this without breaking forum rules, please let me know. 

No matter what, I hope you have a Merry Christmas.  It will be a little difficult to do in our household but we are going to make a game of it.

I am NOT asking for $.  I am here for brainstorming about ways to get "the message out" to those that can possibly help my wife, mother-in-law and me. 
 
Our house was burglarized on Thanksgiving Day.  There is a famous saying "everything but the kitchen sink" but in this case, they took the sink.  The burglars literally took everything of monetary value - including the surveillance system.  I have had to setup a GoFundMe to try to get enough $ together to get my wife and I back on our feet.  The campaign is for <$3000; it is just enough for us to get the equipment we need to start working again.  I lost all my PhD research so I have to start that again soon or just give up on it. 
 
I have attempted to use Facebook posts and direct messaging with friends/family asking for help.  This has met with limited success.  What other forms of social media or types of posts would you recommend we try to spread the word to those that are in a charitable mood?  Would any of you be willing to look at the campaign with a critical eye to see if there is anything I should change or do that will help us reach our goal?
 
I am NOT posting the campaign here.  If you want to see the campaign, message me directly. 
 
I am trying to not break any forum rules but I need some help figuring out what to do.  If this post is crossing the line, I am sorry and will delete it unless the mods do that for me first.
 
No matter what, I want to wish to you all to have Happy Holidays. 

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No offense, but not having insurance with a watch collection and jewelry? That's terribly stupid. The good news is you learned the lesson. Check to see when the last available day for coverage was, if you have a good agent and your dates overlaid,  you might get some help. Was it a stand-alone home? If you're renting, the homeowner would have insurance, and you might be able to work something out with him if the coverage included possessions. You may get lucky. 

With everyone out there putting GoFund me and other ways, considering you've got food on the table and a roof over your head, you might have a hard time getting any traction aside from friends or family.

Check to see if wherever you are doing Ph.D. research offers grants and assistance for students. 

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Thank you for the reply.  Yes, I was without insurance for multiple reasons.  One, I am in Mexico and it is extremely difficult to get renters insurance there unless you have either Temporary or Permanent Residency.  I didn't have that.  The Jewelry and watches are not a consideration on the campaign.  More sentimental value than anything.

I know that it is hard to get anything from anyone other than friends or family.  That is why I was asking for the brainstorming.

I didn't consider the checking for grants and other assistance.  To be honest, I am quite scatterbrained right now.

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