introducing a fund for jennie, #afundforjennie

Many of you know that I was in New York City recently, visiting a friend of mine whose husband died suddenly and unexpectedly.  He was spending time with one of his daughters when he felt he needed a moment to rest. And then he just…died.

By going to New York, I did what so many who know Jennie wanted to do – not  because I’m any better friend, or a more thoughtful or generous person. It just worked out that I could go, I felt like I needed to, and my husband encouraged me to listen to my heart. So I did.

I thank Sam for my being able to be with Jennie during that first week after Mikey died.

jennie and mikey (photo courtesy of jennifer perillo)

Besides being an incredible mother, Jennie is a freelance food writer and recipe developer. Mikey worked very hard so that Jennie could pursue her dream of working from home as a writer. He worked hard so that Jennie and their daughters, Isabella and Virginia, would be taken care of for years to come.

The stories Jennie told me of Mikey – his work ethic, his love for his family, his values – struck a chord with me. Mikey reminds me so much of my Sam.

Jennie is learning to live as a single mother, a widow, and it’s not an easy path. Besides the loss, the utter and complete loss of her true love and best friend, she’s now struggling with bills and and the mortgage and health insurance – things that it took two people to cover before.

I’d like to help again, in a different way this time. So many of us want to help her in this “new normal” that she’s learning to live with. Life without Mikey. And with these bills pouring in.

You can help too.

Some other dear friends of Jennie have helped create #afundforjennie so that donations can be collected for her, and for her little girls, Isabella and Virginia.

If your heart moves you to do so, please consider donating for Jennie and her daughters.

Donate to Bloggers Without Borders

Clicking the button above will take you straight through to PayPal where you can donate to Bloggers without Borders for Jennie.

Bloggers without Borders is a charity that was founded by Maggie Keet of ThreeManyCooks, Erica Pineda-Ghanny of Ivory Hut, and Aimee Wimbush-Bourque of Simple Bites.

And thank you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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