When tragedy strikes, it is no respecter of persons. Whether it be a natural disaster, serious life-threatening illness, unexpected accident, or death of a loved one, the aftermath of having to pick up the pieces and figure out what normal is becomes what seems like a never ending and exhausting journey accompanied by grief, sorrow, and an overflowing river of tears.
A couple weeks ago I wrote a post on PBS Parents encouraging readers to make a peanut butter pie in remembrance of my friend Jennie’s husband who suddenly died of a heart attack. Mikey was an incredible husband to Jennie and father to two daughters ages 3 and 8. The news of his sudden death was so shocking and sad, my heart continues to be burdened for her. My childrens’ ages are 3, 8, and 10 and I could not imagine what life would be like if my husband passed away suddenly like Mikey.
My friendship with Jennie goes back a few years. I had asked her to be my roommate for a conference we were both attending in San Francisco in 2009. We laughed so much that weekend we became good friends with kindred spirits. The last few times I went to New York City where Jennie lives, she insisted on picking me up from the airport as she cleared her schedule for us to spend time together over breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and evening events. I share this with you because I want you to know how special Jennie is. She is one of the most hard working, genuine, and kind hearted people I know. She would give you the sweater off her back if you needed one, refusing to take no for an answer.
Jennie’s road ahead right now is muddled with uncertainty as she dedicates herself to helping her daughters adjust to life without their dad. Unfortunately, things like bills, health insurance, and mortgage payments are a hefty financial burden on a freelance food writer’s salary.
This is where you can help. A few of my wonderful friends founded a non-profit charity organization called Bloggers Without Borders which helps people in need during crisis. Their first official project is called #AFundForJennie. The purpose of this project is simple. They are raising money to help Jennie with her bills as she painfully transitions to life as a widow and single mom.
If you feel compelled to give a financial gift, donations can be made directly to Bloggers Without Borders via Paypal by clicking the button BWOW button below.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Together we can make a collective difference in the lives of three special people.
To learn more about Bloggers Without Borders charity, please click here.