Four crazy, long, wonderful and hectic years ago I began Under the High Chair without a clue of what I was getting into. A pastime I assumed would probably fizzle and die by Christmas, turned into a hobby, then a passion, and finally, food blogging became a profession when I launched Simple Bites in February under the umbrella of Simple Living Media.
I could never have imagined the wild & wonderful ride blogging has been: the Twitter obsession, the acknowledgments, the opportunities, and most importantly, getting to interact daily with a community of incredible food bloggers.
Food bloggers are truly my extended family. I don't know how else to explain it.
OK, before this post starts sounding like one giant cliche, I'm going to share with you why I'm really posting today.
I want to make a point about the close-knit community of food bloggers, and then ask you for a favor. You know, 'cause it's my 'blogaversary'.
A few nights ago, a fellow food blogger lost her home and everything in it in a frightening fire. Erika Ghanny (of The Ivory Hut) barely made it out alive with her husband; her son ran back inside the burning house to save his grandmother trapped upstairs and exited out a window with her.
They lost everything. Everything. Baby photos, wedding rings, Erika's MacBookPro and Cannon 5D, all identification papers, her husband's prosthetic leg ---the loss is immeasurable.
Erika recounted the tragic story in a blog post the next day and it ripped my heart out as I sat reading about it with my morning coffee. News spread quickly on Twitter --and the food blogging community stepped into action, led by Alice and Maggy.
These ladies threw a website up, set up a paypal account, and the fund started rolling in. It was a relief to be able to DO something, and I added my donation as soon as I could see through my tears.
Overnight, $5000 was raised to cover the families immediate expenses (and that gesture made the local paper)...but we'd like to double that.
Here is where my request comes in. I had thought about a giveaway to celebrate this 4 year blogging milestone, but I just didn't feel comfortable about it when a fellow food blogger was in such desperate straights.
Won't you please honor Under the High Chair on her blogaversary by making a donation towards Friends of the Ivory Hut?
Here's how you can:
Head HERE to read a bit about Erika and donate at the bottom of the post.
Even $5 helps. Thank you. Please feel free to leave a comment if you made a donation; I would love to thank you personally!
Here is Erika's account of the fire, (I can't even imagine) plus a detailed description of how the money will be used and give details on Erika and her husbands particular situation.
Will you reach out and bless a stranger today?