The holiday was wonderful, but then I heard some tragic news that keeps sucking me into a dark place. Brace yourself: a second cousin of mine accidentally backed over his three-year old daughter and killed her. I don’t know him very well and I never met his little girl, Alyssa Marie, but I cannot get this horrible story out of my head. In addition to the grief and shock they must all be going through, they are also very poor and cannot afford the cost of burying their baby. I have been asked to think of ways to help and have to admit that I’m stumped and can’t seem to get past the horrible story to the action of doing something to help.
How do you raise a couple of thousand dollars quickly? Are there organizations that do this? What about churches? Synagogues or temples? Can I put together a yard sale, bake sale, or go door to door? Start a phone tree? Post on Facebook? I’ve got some clothes I could take to the consignment store. I have to pay to board my dogs for two weeks in December/January, maybe I could ask my sister to do it and donate the money to the family instead? I have a beach cruiser I’m not using, I could sell that for $100 and donate that.
All I know is that it would be so much easier to focus if I could get the nightmare of that moment out of my head. Or if there was something real that I could do to help. If you have any ideas or can help, give me a shout – I could use some suggestions.