Monday, April 07, 2008

Dunbar Village

Monday is when Travis and friends blog about their towns. Today, I'm blogging about my virtual town: my blog community and the power of banding together across the internet. We've all helped each other immensely. I'm making a pitch today for us to help someone else:

Tayari Jones has put together a fabulous fundraising auction to help support the victims of the Dunbar Village crimes. (If you don't know the story, gang members did something really, really, terrible to a mother and her son. If you have a strong spirit, you can read about it here. If you don't have a strong spirit, just take my word.)

Many creative folks have joined with Tayari (myself included) to offer autographed books and services for writer-types (like manuscript critiques!). Please go over to ebay and bid. There's something for everybody who reads this blog. I've donated a signed copy of Orange Mint and a review of a nonfiction book proposal.

Tayari, George Saunders, Nichelle Tramble,Sarah Schulman, Laila Lalami, Joy Castro, Martha Southgate, D. Nurkse, and Honoree Fanonne Jeffers are offering fiction manuscript critiques. Check out that list!!

If you just want to write a check to help the family, here's where to send it:

Individuals who would like to donate money to the victims can go to any Wachovia Bank and donate to the St. Ann’s Victim’s Assistance Fund. Donations will go directly to the mother and her son.St. Ann’s Catholic Church will accept donations. Checks can be made payable to the "Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund - St. Ann’s". Donations can be mailed to: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 310 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.


Jess Riley said...

Carleen, thank you for bringing this to our attention..what a horrific ordeal that poor family had to endure.

Lisa said...

I will definitely contribute to this worthwhile cause. This is a horrible tragedy and I am relieved to know that this poor woman and her son are alive. Based on the brutality of the crime, I would not be surprised had they not escaped with their lives. I will do a cross post on my other blog about this also.

lyzzydee said...

What a terrible crime. Worthwhile cause, good luck.

Josephine Damian said...

Carleen: How-God awful for that mom and son. I will stop by ebay and check out those items.

Great idea - thinking of the blogosphere as My Town. You certainly saw bloggers come together to help Patry Francis as well.

Shauna Roberts said...

I didn't dare read the story, but will send them something.

LaShaunda said...

I heard about this story, I pray the mother and son get passed this. I am sorry I missed the auction. I would have donated some promotion space.