If you go here, you can read my brother's thoughts on a tragic plane accident that occurred about a week ago. It took the lives of some really great people from my hometown of Cedar City, Utah. There is a news article with all the details here. I wasn't personally acquainted with any of the victims, but I have all kinds of family connections with them. I made the mistake of reading the comments that followed the Deseret News article, and I was kind of a mess for pretty much the rest of the day. So sad.
If you go here, there's news about another plane crash. The victims of this plane crash were people I've never met. Actually, they are people I'd never even heard of until a few days ago. The good news in this case is that while the first plane crash took the lives of all ten passengers, this second one left two survivors. A woman named Stephanie and her husband Christian sustained severe burns (to say the least), and are hospitalized with a long (expensive) road to what everyone is hoping will be a complete recovery.
From what I can gather, Stephanie (who goes by NieNie in the blogosphere) was quite a prolific blogger, with a large following of readers. I'd not been one of her readers, but as I've read about her situation on some of the other blogs I check, I've felt like I want to do something to help. I'm sure part of this has to do with my feelings about the other plane crash, and while I can't do anything for those people (other than pray for their families and other loved ones), there is a little bit that I can do for the Nielsons.
Yesterday over 275 bloggers hosted silent auctions of all kinds of items and services, with all the proceeds going to a recovery fund for the Nielsons. Most of those auctions are still going on, and if you'd like to check them out, you can go here for the details.
As I thought about how I could help, I kind of dismissed the idea of a silent auction here, because, let's be realistic--it's not like there are swarms of eager readers checking in here all the time (Which shocks me as I'm sure it does you. I mean really! The quirky Eric stories alone should guarantee a multitude of regular faithful readers, don't you think?). In light of that fact, I kind of doubt that a silent auction would raise all that much money here.
So, this is what I've decided to do. As you can see, there are several pictures of hand-crocheted baby sweaters decorating this post. They're all made by yours truly. They are more or less the same size, with some variation here or there. I would estimate that if you were to buy one in the store, they'd be in the 6-12 month section.
So, would you like one? They make great shower gifts, and they are fun to look at hanging in the closet. I think they'll be fun to look at on a baby as well, but I'll let you know more about that in the coming months. Our own little unborn Aubrey/Amanda/Courtney/Sarah has three in her closet, just waiting for her to show up and model them.
Anyway, if you would like one, here's what you have to do: Click on the "Donate to NieNie" button at this website and send a dollar or two (or twenty or fifty) to the recovery fund for the Nielsons. Once you've done that (and it's an honor system deal), leave a comment below. Any old comment will do. On Wednesday evening, after I've gotten home from work, (so let's say around 6:00 p.m. mountain time), I'll print out the comments, cut them up into slips, and draw one out of a hat (or probably out of one of my stainless steel mixing bowls if you want to know the truth) for the winner. Heck, if there are a lot of comments (say we break my previous record of 17), I'll draw two out of a hat, and we'll have two lucky recipients. I'll announce the winner(s) here, and if you win, you can e-mail me (see address in next paragraph) and tell me 1)which sweater you want, and 2)where to send it. Good times, huh?
Oh-and if you are shy and want to donate and want a sweater but don't want to leave a comment, that's okay. Just send me an e-mail to charlottelaughs at gmail dot com, and I'll put you in the drawing hat (bowl) as well.
I realize that this little effort won't make a great big difference. It will probably be just a drop in the bucket of what is needed. But, it IS a little bit of good, and as Lee told me, no good is ever lost.
Happy donating and happy commenting,