Blogger Monica Bielanko’s (author of the wonderful blog The Girl Who) twitter stream yesterday was heart-wrenching. At 1:22pm she said, “MY HOUSE IN FIRE. EVERYTHING WE OWN.” A few minutes later, she tweeted the even more devastating, “FIREFIGHTERS SPRAYING FROM OUTSIDE. CAN’T GO IN. OH DEAIR JESUS GOD OH MY GOD EVERYTHING”
This story is particularly heart-wrenching because Monica Bielanko and her husband Serge have been lovingly restoring the farmhouse home that they rent, calling it their “house in the country” and often sharing about their adventures.
While everyone got out safely (including the dogs!), Monica did have to rescue her two-year-old daughter Violet from her bedroom, which was apparently the source of the fire (aside: I cannot. even. imagine.). They are now waiting to inspect the damage, which included most of the second floor including Monica’s office and the treasure trove of family memories in the attic.
The loss is particularly horrible because as renters, they did not have property insurance (if you rent, run to get some renter’s insurance RIGHT NOW), and as a typical family today, they live pretty close to the bone. They are stranded without much in the way of resources to rebuild, and find a new place to live (with hopes to return to the farm house once it’s safe and repaired).
But, as the blogosphere is wont to do, a fundraiser has been arranged by Babble’s own Katie Granju (who apparently had to BEG the Bielanko’s to allow it). Katie is hoping to raise $10,000 to help the family get back on their feet and find a new place for the family of four to live.
As of right now, over $6,000 has already been raised, and it’s only the first day.
If you’d like to support this family, you can find out more about the fundraiser here. Please help if you can.
It’s wonderful when the internet shows its love.
We at MomCrunch wish the Bielanko family great luck and good cheer, and we’re all holding our loved ones a bit closer.