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.