- Jennie (In Jennie’s Kitchen), Shauna (Gluten-Free Girl) and Maggy (Three Many Cooks)
It was a year ago that I heard that Erika (of the blog Ivory Hut) had lost her house and all of her possessions in a fire. She wrote about it on her site, which was one of the only things she had left. Within hours, the blogging community banded around her, and used all of their resources, most notably their own blogs, to help.
At the time, I didn’t know Erika (in fact, I only just met her recently at the Big Summer Potluck). But when I read about what had happened and that fellow bloggers had started raising money for her and were using their sites to do so, I so desperately wanted to help. And that’s when I decided to make a donation to the cause. It was a small one, but it was my way of telling her that there were people out there that cared for her and supported her, and that, with that support, she would get through this tough time.
Which brings us to today. I’m working with a group of other food bloggers to ask for support once again… this time for Jennifer Perillo. Writer, talented cook, mother, widow.
- Jennie carrying Shauna's daughter, Lucy, at the Big Summer Potluck
Jennie lost her husband, Mikey, to a sudden heart attack just a few weeks ago. This was just a week after I met her at the Big Summer Potluck and when the news hit, my heart sank. Tears welled up in my eyes.
Over the following two weeks, the food blogger community gathered in a way I had never seen before. It started with some heartfelt condolences on their blogs, but it quickly grew to something much bigger. Jennifer, being the strong woman that she is, made a call out on her blog for people to make Mikey’s favorite peanut butter pie on the day of his memorial service. She asked that people not only make the pie, but to share it with someone… someone they love.
The response was overwhelming. While I didn’t take part in making a pie, I joined the community on that day, reading post after post about this pie. Hundreds of people showed their support in such a simple, beautiful way… for someone many of whom had never even met. It was an inspiration to see what everyone did. Some shared the pie with their children, others donated it to a shelter, and one very talented couple made a stunning video that I’m not sure I will ever forget. If you want to see more posts that were done about the peanut butter pie, here is a list of links that The Food Network compiled. Prepare to be amazed.
Throughout most of that day, I found myself with tears in my eyes. That Jennie could take such a tragic event, something that will forever change her life, and turn it into something beautiful and inspiring… well, it takes a very grounded person to do that.
View full post »