This is the part of the post where I whine a bit about my absolutely ridiculous past few photoshoot weeks. I tell you how I fell asleep in the front porch rocking chair with my wine glass in my hand after a 12 hour day. It’s also where I might be telling you about the giant pain in my foot (which, in this case, is not a saying – its the truth) that had me doing everything short of rolling it on a frozen can of vegetables (hat tip to the person on Twitter who threw that one out) to make the throbbing go away. I was going to talk about how all my meals for the past week or so have been blobs and bits of things on bread, or flatbreads, or a smoosh of quinoa. Things like these sherry marinated peppers that got slurped up with some crusty bread and a healthy pour of Rosé.
On Saturday morning, which I had deemed recovery time by sleeping in until anything past 7 am, I got an email from Shauna and Maggy that…put things in perspective. Bloggers Without Borders was going live and their first campaign was a fundraising effort for Jennifer Perillo. You’re familiar with her story now thanks to a legion of peanut butter pies and heartfelt posts from across the world. You know the parts about the husband suddenly gone, a vibrant young wife who is now a widow and two small girls facing the notion of growing up without their dad. You know that part.
The part of the story that’s just now being told is the reality of responsibility in the face of sudden loss. The struggles to keep a roof over a family’s head. Everyday life expenses. Oh yeah…and health insurance for a family of now three? I need not tell you how insurmountable that alone could potentially be. Jennie is dealing with those realities now while still freshly grieving and undoubtedly trying to make sense of things – both for her and her young children.
This is the part of the post where I tell you I realize that my stuff really ain’t that bad.
I speak often about the power of the food blogging community to band together. To rally. To fuel progress and change. This time, our goal is to fuel healing…and provide some margin of security to Jennifer Perillo and her family. Whatever we raise is good. In this case, more is better. How are we to do that? Bloggers from all over are challenging their readers to donate, to bid on auction items, to give a dollar or ten or a hundred. It’s tough times for everyone – money is tight all the way around. I don’t stick my hand out for money on this blog very often but right now, I’m shaking my little tin can. Throw a dollar into the hat. If each person who passes by this post gives one dollar, we’ll have thousands of sighs of relief for Jennie and her family. A little leeway will go a long way.
Each person doing a little adds up to a lot.
You can read all about the campaign here on the Bloggers Without Borders website. You can donate directly there or through the link provided in this post. While my career doesn’t allow me to donate something tangible to the auction, I can help sweeten the deal. Leave a comment on this post with the amount you’ve donated – any amount – to #afundforjennie and you’ll be entered to win a space at a very special food styling class, which is slated for Saturday, September 17th. Obviously, you’ll need to be in Atlanta or in easy travel proximity to attend. This is going to be a very intimate class with hands-on styling advice for each attendee. In the spirit of “even a little bit helps”, the winner of the styling class spot will not be chosen by the amount donated. I’ll be picking a winner at random at noon on Monday, August 29th, from all comments submitted. Seriously, folks…every single dollar helps and a small donation is as likely to win and be rewarded as a big one. Flaunt your $1 donations as proudly as you do your $50 donations.
Oh…and those peppers? They are awesome. They’re also super easy. If you want the recipe, drop me a line & I’ll send it along.