Last week I was sent a message on Plurk that said the following:
DangerousCrafty asks if you gals think Aubrey would be okay if we threw together a quick fundraiser? I know no one else is loaded either but I just feel like we could do something to make her less scared.
And that is the plurk that started what has turned into one of the most amazing and reaffirming experiences I've ever had the privilege to be a part of.
We started a giveforward.org fundraiser for our friend who has been out of work for the past couple of months because of pregnancy complications and the subsequent leave after her daughter's birth. We decided to set the goal at $200 to hopefully go above it and help her build a little cushion but it seemed like a reachable goal.
On Wednesday night, we sent out a message to all of our plurk friends. We gave them an abbreviated version of what was going on with our friend and that we wanted to help ease her fear from being out of work and not receiving child support from her ex.
Then we held our breath, said a prayer and waited...
In less than 24 hours, this amazing community raised over $700 for Aubrey and her children.
Teresa, Jessica and I were FLOORED. We were in tears. And we were so excited for Aubrey.
And we decided that waiting the full 10 days of the fundraiser was just too long.
So, yesterday afternoon, we had a little Google Hangout with Aubrey and shared the good news...
I cannot tell you how much it means to me and Teresa and Jessica and every one of the 46+ people who donated that we were able to help, even a little bit, ease some of the burden that has been placed on this amazingly sweet and caring woman.
So I say thank you...
Thank you, Aubrey, for allowing us to help you in this way.
Thank you, Teresa, for having this wonderful idea.
Thank you, Jessica, for being such a wonderful friend and for helping us pull this together.
Thank you, everyone who donated, for reminding me that there is still good in this world. And for, yet again, showing just how kick ass the fiber community is by helping to taking care of one of our own.
I am proud and humbled to be a part of this group.