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When Tragedy Strikes: Please Help The Bielanko Family


The Bielanko Family: Serge, Monica, Violet & Henry. All Safe, Thank Creator.

Yesterday, a family’s home burned down. A family – who is very close to our hearts here at Babble.

I began writing with Babble when I was pregnant with Abby back in April of 2011. It was there that I discovered the awesome that is Monica Bielanko. A woman and mother whose home caught fire yesterday.

A serious, blazing fire that ravished their new rental farm house in Pennsylvania. A fire that aside from most of their ev.ery.thing – ate up her tangible memories, her own keepsakes and those of her husband Serge and those of their wee children.

All of her journals and baby’s first keepsakes.

A fire that erased all of the works of love they had been administering on the renovations and makeovers to their once new home. What her husband Serge poured into their home over the holidays, say for example, was pure magic. A fire that thankfully, no one was hurt in. Imagine. Having to pull your child from a room engulfed in flames. My stomach turns at the thought.

I keep saying a new home. Not that having this happen to a home they had lived in for years would be any less devastating. They had very recently moved cross country to this dream home of theirs. When I heard the tragic news, flashes of past posts I have read came coursing through my mind.

Images of their adorable little children. Violet and Henry. A sweet baby boy and gorgeous toddler girl. Stories from their lives, the new chapter they had undertaken in their lives. The charming, sassy and edgy way in which Monica writes is something that caught me upon first read. Continuing to inspire me as a writer and newbie in the blogging world – that I didn’t have to change.

I only had to learn. I could stay my feisty self too and that it works. I related to her for obvious reasons, as a mother with very similar values, and partner to a musician. This, and for other obvious reasons having to do with goodwill, love and care for others, is why I am covering this news here on BFY.

I cannot imagine such a tragedy falling upon my family. The blogging community is one that continues to amaze and fulfill me. One that I am proud to be in. Because of women like Katie Allison Granju, who knows all too well the path of loss and heartache in life. She is also a writer here with Babble as well as a top 100 mom blogger of 2011. A personal friend of Monika and Serge’s (also a very talented writer), who immediately took a call to action.

A call to action which she stood her ground on. Because in being the hard-working, self-realizing people they are – Monica and Serge had to be given no choice in the matter. Good friends can do that to you. For you. Can boss you into letting you help them. Which is what Katie is doing by raising funds to help this family get their feet back on the ground. The goal is to raise $10,000. At having already generated $2,163…I say BOOM! Wham! POW! Every time I refresh Katie’s post the numbers have leapt up.

Let’s continue to make this happen. If you didn’t already click all the links up there to read Katie’s post on the Bielanko Family Fire Emergency Fundraiser, then you can do so here. That’s where you can find out the other ways to help and get more details on how to make a monetary donation through PayPal.

UPDATE:  The blogging community truly is amazing. In just under 12 hours, as of 7:30 pm this evening, the goal of $10. 000 has been met. Please read the full update here, on Katie’s blog.

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