So maybe mc.com isn't the best place to discuss some stuff, but now we have a great opportunity to use this resource for a very good and deserved cause. I propose that now we set the bar for situations like this that are devastating- yet inevitable- and then get to work helping the people that need it.
First of all, Kacey, thank you so much for that idea. It totally got my wheels turning, and got me thinking about how our we can help this family and work together to get them what they need to try and begin to pick up the pieces of their lives.
1) GET STORAGE UNIT SECURED.
2) Designate someone to oversee the donations and report back to the community here and update everyone on the status of the effort- what they have, what they need, donation drop off times, and so forth.
3) Amaze this family and ourselves by the power of community effort, combining resources, and social networking.
4) Remember this next time one of our fellow neighbors needs help, and do it again.
I can't think of a BETTER place than here to set up shop and make this happen- I can't imagine having to deal with a loss of everything like this, but I would be willing to bet that I would be so grateful to not have to worry about having to go buy some toothpaste, socks, etc. While I also had to arrange a funeral, be with family, find a home, and start my whole life over, too.
Let the brainstorming begin.