4. Start your own #AFundForJennie Fundraiser 🙂
4. Start your own #AFundForJennie Fundraiser 🙂
Hey everyone! I hope you’re all recovering ok from the East-Coast earthquake on Tuesday (if you felt it) and are taking the proper precautions if you’re in the area of Hurricane Irene! It is so crazy to watch the news these days, the world is certainly keeping the reporters busy.
I honestly am so overwhelmed by the massive outpouring of support for #AFundForJennie. I don’t know her personally, and sadly, I didn’t even know of her blog before learning of her tragedy. But something connected with me (maybe because my husband’s name is Mike), that made me want to do anything I could to help her out. I may complain about not wanting to workout, or doing chores around the house, but all of my “woes” seemed so minute in comparison.
If you haven’t visited the Bloggers Without Borders auction list, please go there now… I can wait 🙂
* humming a little tune… filing my nails… going to get a drink of water *
Did you check it out yet? There are over 58 auctions, and every cent goes to #AFundForJennie. There is something to bid on for every type of interest… cookies, bakeware, photography, one of a kind experiences, classes… even a custom Cake Pop Stand by yours truly, KC Bakes! And I’ve seen on Twitter that there are still many more fundraising projects in the works as well.
Here are the facts… Jennie has two daughters, ages 3 and 8. She is overwhelmed not only by her grief, and the sudden responsibility of raising two children by herself, but she is also struggling with this financially. She just learned that she cannot collect widow’s benefits from Social Security because she earns too much money each year. The health insurance for her and her kids runs out in December and she just learned that the total she will have to pay will be more than her mortgage. It’s possible she’ll have to pay off the entire mortgage in one lump sum because the apartment was in his name alone.
How can you help?
1. Bid on one of the many auction items. Honestly, the item you win is a bonus… the money your spending will truly effect the life of a mother and her children.
2. Donate what you can, whether its $0.01, $1 or $10 (click on BWOB icon at top-right of my blog).
3. Help spread the word – that is free!
Every Tuesday here on my blog is Tuesday Muse-day. This morning, I took a minute to really look at the word “muse”…
verb (used without object)
1. to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.
2. Archaic . to gaze meditatively or wonderingly.
verb (used with object)
3. to meditate on.
4. to comment thoughtfully or ruminate upon.
All of these uses of the word aptly apply to #AFundForJennie, and the viral support being shown for Jennie Perillo. Twitter is simply abuzz with love. I even saw my favorite celebrity chef, Richard Blais of Top Chef fame, retweet a #AFundForJennie tweet, because one of his fans asked him to. How cool is that?
Please look the growing auction list below and see if anything strikes your fancy, and consider taking part. If you’d like to contribute to Jennie’s cause, but aren’t able to participate in the auction, there is a donation page that is set-up where you can PayPal your contribution (click on the BWOB icon at the top-right of my blog). And if you aren’t able to contribute financially, help spread the word – that is free! Facebook status, tweet, blog, email, heck – put a flyer up at your office!
Here are current auctions taking place for #AFundForJennie.
KC Bakes: Custom 30-Pop Cake Pop Stand
One Tough Cookie: 24 Back to School Cookies
Raleigh Cake Pops & Goodies For Gifts: custom Peanut Butter Pie “Mikey” Cake Pops
Pieced Together Mosaic: A Sushi Mosaic for Jennie
Nomnivorous: One Day Personalized In-Home Cooking Class
Run With Tweezers: A Spot at an Upcoming Food Styling Workshop
Gluten Free Girl & The Chef: Gluten free dinner party for six in Seattle
What Gaby’s Cooking: Two dozen homemade Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies
Food Woolf: Wire Sculpture and a Visioning Workshop
A Thought for Food: 8×10 Brian Samuels photograph and 30 watercolor note cards
Use Real Butter: Two beautiful 12 x 18 photographs
Big Summer Potluck: Two tickets to next year’s gathering
Penny De Los Santos – A Day of Photography on Assignment
The Peche – Chocolate Chunk Cookies (raffle entry for donation)
Kudos Kitchen by Renee: Four Jack O’ Lantern Wine Glasses
Grampa’s Gourmet: Four-Pack of Varietal Honeys
Three Many Cooks: Pam Anderson Cooking Class for 6 Guests + Pam’s 6 Books, Autographed
Monica Dalkin: Original Ceramic Work for Food Styling
Chicago Metallic Bakeware: Basket of 15 Different Baking Pans
Miss in the Kitchen: Two Sets of Flour Sack Towels (raffle entry for BWOB donation)
For even more auctions, check out Bloggers Withouth Borders Master List
|Jennie & her husband, Mikey. Picture from her post Looking for You (I Was)|
That’s why #AFundForJennie* has been created byShauna Ahern and Maggy Keet, and it’s one of the very first projects the new organization, Bloggers Without Borders is taking on. But, the ante’s been upped a bit here. Monies collected are the primary objective, of course. However, there’s a little twist here. Bloggers will be auctioning off what they do best to help one of their own.
SO, beginning today, we’re auctioning off a custom 30-pop cake pop stand**. You design it, we will make it. If the winning bid is $100 or more, I will personally pay for the shipping – US or internationally.