Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Help Gretel

ESTERDAY brought with it horrifying news.  Andy Macauley -- my friend Gretel's life partner of some 21 years -- is dead.

It does not seem real.

Gretel, who writes the excellent blog Middle of Nowhere, is in a precarious financial situation.  Andy died with no will, and no money is coming in or is likely to come in for some time.  She hasn't asked for financial help, but she does need it right now.  If you'd like to help her, you could donate to her Indiegogo campaign, The Gretel Parker Project.  Even a small amount helps and is much appreciated.  And if you can't donate, you can help by spreading this information on social media as far as you can.

When tragedies strike, some people are moved to ask, "Where was God in all this?"  Well, it's my belief that God can be seen most strikingly in the people who stand up to help others in need during times of tragedy.  We can choose to provide the hands and hearts through which the work of God can be made manifest.

Thank you so much for your time.  Please, do what you can.


Jess said...

I can't begin to imagine how Gretel's feeling but I want to do all I can to help. Thanks for the link, I've updated my post and it seems to work now. :)xx

Soozcat said...

Thanks so much, Jess! So many people are passing this along. I knew Gretel had many friends, but the support they've shown in such a short time is amazing.

BumbleVee said...

Hi Suzanne.... I was just sitting there thinking how does one go about setting up a fund of some sort?...and then..I surfed to somebody else's site and there you were! the person who had already managed to do it ...good for you!

I also saw something about an art auction.... I'm in for that too if you get it figured out .... maybe it would be a good idea just to use somebody's blog somehow, so there are no administrative costs involved

..I also embedded the Project site address in my posting tonight as well...hopefully some of her acquaintances and perhaps a host of new friends will see it and also feel compelled to help.

Soozcat said...

Thank you so much for passing along the information. It really does help.

I'd like to figure out an art auction of some kind; it seemed like a very good idea. A blog might be a reasonable venue if someone could figure out how to accept the bids coming in (and how to weed out false bids by trolls). I can't host it myself as I will be visiting family in the coming week, and no one else has as yet stepped forward to offer to host, so I'm keeping an eye out for further developments.

Thank you for coming by.