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A Fund for Jennie

Photo by Brian of A Thought For Food

It’s taken me a long time to write this post. Even now, I still can’t really find the words – but I decided, like Shauna encouraged us at the Big Summer Potluck, to leave my editor’s voice behind and just write. This post is for Jennie.

If you follow any other food blogs at all, you’ve probably heard about Jennie by now. Jennifer Perillo is a food writer and a generous, laughter-filled person, and her husband, at 51 years young, had a sudden heart attack a few weeks ago and died. With no time for goodbyes, he left behind Jennie and their two little girls. Even though I had only met Jennie in passing at the Big Summer Potluck and somehow never had a chance to chat with her, I just knew what happened when I saw her tweet, “He’s gone. Any my heart is shattered in a million pieces.” I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me, and I know it was a million times worse for Jennie. I couldn’t believe it; it wasn’t fair. My heart ached for Jennie and her girls.

Immediately, like so many others, I wished there was something I could do…and Jennie gave us just that when she asked us to make a peanut butter pie as a tribute to Mikey on the day of his memorial service. She asked us to share it with our loved ones, and then to “hug them like there’s no tomorrow because today is the only guarantee we can count on.” I struggled because I’m allergic to peanut butter, and wanted to make a SunButter pie…but then I’d be the only person eating it, defeating the purpose. I thought about making something else entirely, but it just didn’t seem like it would be a tribute to Mikey then. So, I didn’t make the pie. Instead, I made my hands busy making other things for my family. Zucchini bread, pasta salad, beef stew, cinnamon rolls…all things I’d be making for Jennie too, if we were neighbors. And I watched, shedding tears, as post after post from hundreds of food bloggers popped up in my feed reader, all with peanut butter pies for Mikey, including a stunning video that left me sobbing those big, gulping sobs that you can’t control. It was touching, and the way the food blogging community wrapped our arms around Jennie was nothing short of beautiful.

I still wanted to do more – and now, there is something more I can do. A few of my food blogging friends, Maggy of Three Many CooksErika of The Ivory Hut, and Aimée of Simple Bites, with Shauna of Gluten Free Girl, have teamed up to bring us Bloggers Without Borders, a new nonprofit organization by bloggers and for them – and the first official project is a fund for Jennie. Since Jennie is now facing the enormous financial burden of paying for the mortgage, health insurance, and everything else that used to be paid for with two incomes, she needs our help. If you would like to donate to the fund for Jennie too, please click on the button below. It will take you straight to the Bloggers Without Borders PayPal account, and all proceeds will go directly to Jennie. There are also several auctions going on that you can bid on, and all of those proceeds will go to Jennie as well. Whether you give $5 or $50, please consider making a donation, because every little bit really does help. Thank you!

Posted by on August 23, 2011.

Categories: events

3 Responses

  1. Wow. I hadn’t heard about Jennie or her loss until this morning, but I am so moved by the way the food blogging community is loving on her.

    by Jenna on Aug 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm

  2. So sweet, Tracy, thank you for this beautiful read and for helping us spread the word about BwoB!!

    by Aimee @ Simple Bites on Aug 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

  3. Great post. Thank you for sharing it.

    by carolinaheartstrings on Aug 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

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Hi there! I’m Tracy, and I live in upstate NY. My husband and I met in college and have been married since 2005. A Canning, baking, writing, photography, and even cleaning (yes, cleaning – it can be oddly relaxing), are all things that I enjoy. This blog brings all of those passions together – but […]more →