I could use a little help


There’s tragedy everywhere. Trust me, I read the news every day, every stupid day. I do it because, sometimes I write about current events, and I do it because I like staying informed. Plus, I’m a bit of a masochist.

When I choose to write about current events I scan my Facebook feed first. I like to see what’s going down in real time whilst having my morning coffee and connecting with friends. On Tuesday I was scrolling to see what was trending online. While scrolling, I came across a post from NBC Bay Area. In the post, a woman named Maria Vasquez was quoted and it broke my heart. Here’s what it said:

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Imagine losing everything you have to a fire when you’re the single mother of four (two teens, a nine year old and a 21 year old with disabilities). Man, I get overwhelmed just writing that out. To top it all off, she didn’t have insurance, so she’s effectively screwed.

I don’t know what it was about her story in particular that got me, but it did. It got to lots of us because several folks commented, asking where they could donate to her. I looked for a place to do so myself, but only found general fundraiser information. I wanted to help, but I specifically wanted to help Maria Vasquez and so I set up a Go Fund Me for her.

You ever read a news article and feel an urgent need to help? Well, that’s what happened to me on Tuesday. Usually, I sit there until the moment passes, but this time I didn’t. This time I got off my ass and put my money where my mouth was.

I set a lofty goal of 10k and I’ve got a couple hundred bucks so far. If you’re reading this and you’ve donated. Thank you for trusting that I’m going to get Maria this money. I’ve contacted NBC Bay Area so they can connect me with Ms. Vasquez and I’ll be posting updates as this process moves along.

I’ve never done any crowdfunding, so I’m kind of at a loss as to how to proceed. If any of you good people have tips or advice, I’m all ears. Please comment below or feel free to send me an email.