Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Pie for Mikey & A Fund for Jennie

 I want to take a minute, interrupt my recap of BlogHer to share something really special with you all.
If you are a food blogger, chances are you've heard the story about Jennie Perillo. If not I would like to share something really amazing that has happened within the blogging community over the past couple weeks.

Jennie Perillo, a food blogger at In Jennie's Kitchen, lost her husband, Mikey, very suddenly to a heart attack. Jennie, in all her wisdom, asked that we, within the food blogging community, do something special to show our loved ones how much we care. It was a tribute to Mikey. So that Friday hundreds of food bloggers paid tribute by making Mikey's favorite dessert: a peanut butter pie. 

                                                                     (from Steamy Kitchen)

And so began one of the biggest out pouring of love for a relative stranger I have ever seen. So many people wanted her to know she was in their thoughts, prayers, and even in their pie's made with love.

But a pie just didn't seem like enough. So some very clever and generous bloggers got together and created a site called Bloggers With Out Borders. BWOB is a site for helping folks within the blogging community. The first project:

Shauna, from the wildly popular Gluten-Free Girl and a friend of Jennies, put together an auction to help her with all the financial burdens she'll be facing. Shauna writes:

"[Jennie] 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."

I don't know about you but as soon as I heard this I knew I wanted to help. And if you ARE like me, there are ways for you to help.

The San Diego Food Bloggers, which is becoming a rather tight nit community, has put together a gift basket of what we think represents the finest of San Diego food, sports, and past times. Our fearless leader, Marie at Meandering Eats, is hosting the auction at her site. So PLEASE go take a look at it. It's for a wonderful cause!

Some goodies from the basket, including my fish taco kit!

The bidding will start at $150 and the auction will be open until Friday, September 2, at 11:59pm PST. So hurry on over!
And if you'd like, let them know you came from DYKTMP? It will make my life to know that my followers have the biggest hearts! There are so many other items to bid on as well. Just head on over and check it out! 

Also, if you would like to donate, click on the button on the side bar label "For Jennie." 100% of the donations and money earned through the auction goes to Jennie. So far, we have raised over $14,000 for her. That is just plain awesome!

I love being a part of this blogging community. I wouldn't give it up for anything.

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