We’ve finished our efforts and raised over $3000.00. Thank you!
**Updates continue below**
I waited all day to hear from Amy about her friend’s little boy. Then I got the news. He is gone. To say it isn’t fair is the understatement of the century. I don’t even know Ben and yet I sobbed like I knew him personally. I know mothers and fathers all across America can relate to exactly what I’m saying. What else can we do besides pray and grieve with those who grieve? Amy wrote about her grief over on her blog at Adorable Chaos.
After a few hours of staring at the news, I had to do something besides stare at the screen and cry. The incredible group of bloggers I am connected to felt the same way. So the Bloppy Bloggers on Facebook are now rallying around Amy and that family who lost their son. We are raising money to give to the family to help defray the costs of a funeral. We will also buy a star in the son’s honor.
Please consider giving a donation here.
100% of the money will be collected will go to this family who is suffering horribly.
I don’t have the energy to write any more tonight- just please, continue to pray and if you are moved- give.
[Updated 8:00am ET 12/15/12]
Since I posted this last night, we’ve raised $200.00. Thank you to each person who gave something. Our goal is to raise $5000.00. We need 500 people to give $10.00. This family should not have to think about such horrific details like funeral costs. Other bloggers have “donate” buttons as well. If you can’t give, please share the news. Thank you.
As the names and donations come in, I am keeping a running list. When I bring the gift to Amy, I will include a card with every person’s name on it who gave something. There are no words to take away the grief, but at least this family will know that even strangers are mourning alongside with them. They aren’t alone.
When I woke up this morning, we’d collected $200.00. Now we’ve collected $638.00. Thank you everyone for spreading the word and giving.
From California to Florida to CT, we’ve raised $1100.00 so far. Whatever you all are doing, keep doing it. Tragedy reveals the depth of human wickedness. It also reveals the depth of human kindness. If you go over to Fabulous Blogging’s Facebook page, you will see a list of the bloggers who’ve put a donate button or link on their blog.
As of right now, we are about $70.00 shy of $1500.00! I wish I could write a personal thank you note to each and every person who has given something but there are so many of you. This is the plan with the funds. We are going to continue to collect donations through the rest of the weekend. Then we are going to purchase a star in Benjamin Wheeler’s honor along with a star ornament for the family. The rest of the money will go directly to the family.
If you are going to give or have given, you can include a note in the Paypal memo or email me directly and I will MAKE sure every note gets included in the card. The Wheeler family will know that people across America are with them in their grief.
If you didn’t send a message with your donation but would like to, please email me at email@example.com.
Tonight my kids handed over all of their allowance money.
Even the smallest of hearts are affected deeply by this.
[Update 7:44am 12/16/12]
There is now a facebook page up for Benjamin (started by someone else not in connection with this fundraiser). Please consider going over there if you want to send a message of support.
We are still collecting donations today for the Wheelers. As of this morning, we have $1726.00.
63 generous people from all over the world- America, England, and even Africa!!
If you have a platform on any social media, please continue to share this information. I will be speaking briefly at my local church this morning and hope the congregation will join us in supporting the family as well.
Again, if you so wish, include a message in the Paypal memo for the family. I will make sure they are all included in the card.
I’ll be back this afternoon with another update.
Thank you, thank you.