Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Fund for Jennie - What Would You Bid On?

As many of you in the blogging community know, fellow blogger Jennifer Perillo lost her husband, Mikey, to an unexpected heart attack.  On August 7th, at 5:52pm, Jennifer's (Jennie's) world was ripped apart as her husband was taken too early from both her and her two little girls.

A few weeks ago, the blogging community showed their support by making hundreds of peanut butter pies for Mikey, his favorite dessert that Jennie said in a heartbreaking post she'd make it for him tomorrow.  And then tomorrow never came.

I was unable to make a peanut butter pie, but that did not mean I didn't want to show my support.  Bloggers Without Borders, a site designed for bloggers who want to do something decided to start a fund for Jennie.  The tragedy of losing a loved one is excruciatingly painful, but few of us think of what comes afterwards.  Bills need to be paid, children need to be taken care of, and loose ends need to be tied up.  Bloggers Without Borders decided to start a fund for Jennie for this very reason, because she faces a long, hard road ahead.

"As you can imagine, Jennie 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. And more than anything, Mikey wanted Jennie to continue living her dream of being a food writer. And he wanted to make sure his kids were taken care of well. That’s why he worked as hard as he did. So we want to help. And we hope you want to help too."
- Bloggers Without Borders

I was deeply moved by these words and wanted to help, but wasn't sure where to start.  After getting in touch with Shauna from Gluten-Free Girl, I was given tips on how to conduct an auction on my blog.  If you've been reading my blog, you are well aware that I have many interests, yet I'm not sure which one would be most desirable if I were to auction something off on Quarter Life Crisis.  So I want to ask my readers, the ones who will be doing the bidding, what they would like to win.  More details on the auction will come at a later post, but for now, which item would you be most likely to bid on to raise funds for a fund for Jennie?

Please take the survey here.

The option that receives the most favorable response will be the item that I auction off to benefit a fund for Jennie.  You will be bidding on these items, I want to make sure you get something you'd actually want!

Thank you for taking the time to vote, get excited for the auction!!

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