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Helping hand

Every time I’m faced with something negative about the blogging community, whether it’s gossip or jealousy or greed or hate, I remember all of the good that exists as well. I remember the people who have lost children, spouses, or other family members, or even pets, and had overwhelming support from the internet at large. I remember the charitable causes and friends who were at their wits’ end. I remember friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers who have bought me gifts for Christmas, supported me through my weight loss and divorce, and become like family.

When focused on something good, we as a community can do amazing things. And maybe just a little of that can help a fellow blogger out right now. Mindy is about to become homeless, and she doesn’t have anywhere to turn other than to us. Are any of you able to step up and give a helping hand, no matter how small?

Go here to read about her plight. And know that even if all you have to give is a positive thought in her direction, it helps.

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13 Replies to “Helping hand”

  1. Audrey at Barking Mad

    I’m on my way over. I haven’t been shy about the things we’ve been going through and I’m always astounded at the support and love from the community at large. We aren’t through the woods by any stretch of the imagination, and while we’re no where near as well off as we once were, we’re in a better position than some…and it’s the right thing to do, to pay it lend a helping hand when one can.

    Thanks for letting us know about Mindy, Adam.

    • Audrey at Barking Mad

      @Audrey at Barking Mad,

      I meant “pay it forward” and lend a helping hand. Oiy! This is what I get for being willing to suffer through the US vs. UK World Cup match today, with my British hubby. Alright alright…I suffered for 10 minutes and then fell asleep.

  2. Kim

    I am headed that way too and will help as much as I can.

    Without my fellow bloggers this last 15 months would have been impossible, and I’m not sure if I would have made it.

    Let’s take care of Mindy.

  3. Grant

    Awesome! When you ask people to help a fellow blogger, you get so few comments that I can actually come in under the top ten and therefore stand a chance of getting a reply comment. Tomorrow you should ask people to contribute to my bunny fund.

  4. whall

    I hijacked your link and posted it on twitter and facebook without mentioning you. I figured you wouldn’t care this one time. And even if you did, *I* wouldn’t care. Just this one time.

  5. Mindy

    Thank you so much Adam. Words alone will never be able to express how I am feeling right now. The encouraging words and advice from your readers are appreciated and very much welcomed.

  6. Kat


    Thanks so so much for posting about Mindy’s situation.
    I knew if I contacted you and asked, that you would help spread the word for Mindy and her family.
    So from me to you, thank you so very much.

    Mindy is an amazing person, she’s helped me get through some rough times, driven me to the hospital more than a few times, drove me to the hospital for my surgeries, brought food over to feed my kids and I after surgery because I couldn’t cook, her husband installed a new AC for me, she’s cleaned my home when I was told to stay on bed rest after surgery, all kinds of things.
    She’s never asked for anything, she just does it, she just helps other people all of the time.
    Take tonight for example.
    She emailed me to ask how I was doing, to see if I was ok, and here she is, dealing with her own huge issue, and she’s asking me if I’m ok.
    Mindy and her family are the most kind, caring, loving, and generous people that I know.
    Whenever I’ve needed help, she’s been there for me, and she’s never asked for anything in return. Not even gas money when she drove me to the hospital way up in Tampa at 4am, or drove myself and my sons to the airport at 4am, or picked us back up at midnight.
    She never complains, she never asks for anything at all in return, so when she told me what was going on, I knew that I had to help by spreading the word, so I told her to write a blog post and tell everyone what was going on, that she and her family really need the help that I know the blogging community can help with.

    To those of you helping by either donating or by spreading the word, thank you.
    Mindy is a really good friend of mine who has always helped others even when her family is struggling, she’s still helping.
    She’s going to drive me and my son to the airport next Sunday, the 20th, at like 4:30am so my son can fly to Maine to visit with his half-siblings and get to know his father.
    Always helping, always helpful, always so generous of the heart, so yeah, people need to help her this time, it’s her turn to get some love and support back.

    Thank you all so so much.

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