Chip In Update and Thanks

Just wanted to give an update on the Chip In account.

As of this morning, Blogville has made a total of $3,490 in donations to help during this terrible tragedy. Those funds have been transferred to a paypal account for Sandra to be able to use right away for whatever she needs. As donations continue to come in, they will be transferred ASAP to her. This money will be used for everything from short term needs such as clothing to long-term needs such as her insurance deductible, lost wages and anything else that insurance may not cover. In other words, it is needed and sincerely appreciated.

In addition, many of you have asked where you could personally send gifts, gift cards or donations. We’re working to get you that information as soon as possible and will let you know as soon as we know something.

On a personal level, I’m struggling to put into words how utterly humbled, once again, I am by Blogville. When we originally talked about the Chip In, we set the goal at $1000, then $1500 and then $2000. Each time, the goal was met and then shattered in a matter of hours. Finally, we just decided to forget about the goal and let people donate as long as they wanted. We have received donations ranging from $2 to $200 – each person giving whatever they possibly can. I spent much of yesterday in tears out of grief for Sandra’s unfathomable loss and because of how moved I was by the outpouring of utter and complete love and support from this community.

Please know how very much your efforts mean – whether it’s through a donation, a prayer, or a kind word. You are making a difference.

(Tribute courtesy of Momma Tea, Ujio, Izzy and Ronnii)


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37 responses to “Chip In Update and Thanks

  1. That is just truly amazing. The bloggers are just so special. I am always amazed at how much everyone supports everyone else. We are so glad you were able to raise so much money for those poor sad people. My heart goes out to them.
    Thanks for all your help with this. Take care. Hugs Mayzie.

  2. Mazyie, total shock for blogville. I was offline most of the day yesterday so late last night when I seen this I just broke down. Blogville rocks so hopefully everyone can provide a little relief and comfort for the family during this devastating time. Thanks for letting us know and starting the chip-in page. I would like their snail addy when you get if possible to send a package. Sherri and The HoundDogs

  3. Pip

    Thanks for everything you have done, Mayzie and mom. This is truly remarkable. We are also humbled by the generosity and love in blogville. What a wonderful world!

    Your pal, Pip

    P.S.: Don’t forget to stop by my comment-a-thon for the family.

  4. Frankie Furter

    Mayzie this is the most wonderful news for Sandra and her family. She will have Needs that she isn’t even aware of … YET! The generosity of our Blogville Neighbors just blows me away!!! TOTALLY.
    We have a saying in our family…
    Out of EVERY bad thing… GOOD things come.
    The Good in this is the Speed at which YOU set up the Chip In and our beloved “Neighbors” donated. It is BEYOND GOOD of course.. it is FANGtastic!!
    Blogville is REAL and it is located in the HEARTland!!!

  5. Dear Mayzie and Amber,

    I found out about this terrible tragedy purely by accident. It was one of those “let me check on…” and I stumbled across your Facebook entry while at work yesterday. I couldn’t hold back the tears and I immediately posted to my blog (which I’ve been neglecting, hence the disconnect from Blogville for some time now!) to help spread the word. I love our Blogville community. Period.

    Thank you for getting this going for Sandra and her family. I’m so impressed by the outpouring of love and support – I haven’t even had a chance to make my donation yet and the goal was surpassed a few times! I’ll get on that right now.

    Love and hugs to all of you,

    Cindy (Pibble) and the pack

  6. My eyes are filled with tears right now….so glad the goal has been met and surpassed! Will be sending more soon….

  7. Thank you for all you’re doing to help out. What a wonderful community.

  8. Jake of Florida

    What an amazing community w e have. Thank you for doing this!!!

    Joan and the Barkalots

  9. Thank you for taking a very active role in all of this and sending love to all the bloggers and even strangers who care enough to contribute however they can.

  10. Thank you again for setting this up. We are deeply saddened by this event and pray for strength for Sandra and her family.
    With love

  11. Thank you for arranging everything. So many of us have been touched by Sandra helping these dogs. I know for me donating, was just one little thing I could do to say thanks for everything she has done for the dogs.

    Like you I am truly amazed at the support of blogville. It is nice to know that there are people you may only know through a blog, but they are willing to come together and help whenever it is necessary.

  12. Susie Araiza

    This is really great for all the help and support Blogville has done for Sandra and her family. I also would like to receive Sandra’s mail address for sending gift cards and gift boxes of toys and treats for her fur babies.

  13. We’re shocked to hear the horrible news about the Houston Pittie Pack.
    What a tragedy! What a heartbreak!
    We’ve followed Shelby from the day she was rescued from a parking lot.
    We thought she had a happy ending!
    We continue to support her and her family, thanks for posting the sad news.
    We love you more for your kindness and true friendship to everyone.

  14. Thank you. We have posted.

  15. So sad to here about such a tragedy, some thing like this we can’t get out of our minds, our hearts are just breaking for them. Amazing how the bloggers have come together to help, Thank you for setting this up so quickly.

    Carol & the silvers and more

  16. I too would also like to send a gift card so will look forward for a mailing address. Thank you Amber for letting me cut and paste your post about this devastating tragedy. I was so overwhelmed with sadness that I could not even think straight yesterday. And thank you also for taking the lead in coordinating the help efforts. The outpouring of love and support from our blog family is so encouraging for a family that has suffered so much at Christmas time.

  17. You guys rock for getting this set up…we are amazed at the response, but shouldn’t be…this community is incredible….


    Scruffy, Lacie, Stanley and their Mumsie

  18. Sarge

    Hey Mayzie!
    Wow, at first I was going to say I’m stunned, but then again, I’m really not that terribly surprised. Blogville is the most amazing, generous, loving community on Earth. Really. Literally. No other charity group or organization would come close to putting that kind of support in someone’s hands that quickly and that substantially. Blogville is beyond words. I am so happy for the response for Sandra and her pack. I am awaiting the info on where I can send a care-package. Thank you for doing this and keeping us updated.
    Grr and a Touched Woof,
    Sarge, COP
    and his Peeps

  19. Such a wonderful outpouring of love and concern for the HPP family. Pet bloggers are a generous family.

  20. Truly amazing. I’m proud to be part of Blogville
    Dachshund Nola

  21. Sam

    I plan to donate a little out of each paycheck for a while. I’m proud to know everyone here – and utterly amazed that a blog that started out as a bit of fun has turned into an utterly amazing experience….

    Sam’s Mom Christine

  22. We are so happy to be a part of DWB! We have the bestest friends ever! Our thoughts and prayers continue for The Pittie Pack.

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  23. AC

    Amber, thank you for letting us know what happened and how we can help. My stomach has turned over. It’s just too much of a tragedy. I hope some support can be felt from this community.

  24. littlemissjackie

    Amber and Mayzie, thank you for what you’re doing for Sandra and her family. Blogville’s outpouring of love will surely be a help to them in every way.


    Noelle (Jackie’s mom), Jackie, Dillon, and family

  25. Daisy

    We feel so helpless when faced with a tragedy like this, that if a few dollars can help……then it’s an honour.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  26. Thank you for setting up Chip In. This is such sad news…

    Woof & hugs, ❤

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  27. Wee sure nuff belongs to a great family here in blogville

    Uji, Izzy n Ronnii
    xxx xxx xxx

  28. We’ll put a link to your post on our sidebar. This is a terrible tragedy for the family and our blogville family too. Thank you for starting the recovery fund. You are a good friend. We’re going right over to chip in.

  29. We ar seeing that you are almost at $4500!!!! Utterly amazing. It sure makes us proud to be friends with so many wonderful peeps and furries. Out deepest thaks to you for coordinating this awesome outpouring of love.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

  30. I would tell you I was shocked, but it simply would not be true. I am always amazed at how the blogging community comes together when needed. We have shared the chip-in on our blog.

  31. Blogville is da best and I am proud to be a part of it.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  32. I confess, I’ve been checking the totals every few hours, and I keep smiling – in the face of a terrible tragedy that has left me speechless, I’m equally speechless (but in a good way) for how quickly the fund was set up, and how quickly the donations were coming in. I’m very proud to be a member of Blogville!

    -Dr. Liz and Family

  33. Like you, my tears fluctuate between grief and gratitude.

    Thank you so much for jumping in there and making this all happen Amber. Please let me know when you have an address. I would like to do more for Sandra and her family as well.

    Sending you lots of love, Maureen & HoneyBuzz

  34. This is so sad about what happened to Sandra and her dogs!!!
    This is so wonderful to hears there has been so much help come for her!!!!

  35. Gail Pelican

    I am not a Blogville member, but Amber has told me she will help me become one. I am excited about being a part of a group that cares so deeply about its members. Even though most of you haven’t met in person, you all share a love of animals, huge & generous hearts, and an unbelievable support system. Looking forward to being a citizen of Blogville one of these days and kudos to all of you for helping Sandra in this time of terrible loss!
    Gail (mom to Lewi, Kibbie & Big Daisy)

  36. Truly, I am astonished by the amazing acts of kindness in Blogville. I only learned of this heartbreaking tragedy this afternoon. I am physically ill. This is the biggest fear of my life I think. I am completely in shock and speechless for Sandra.

    mamma heartbeat

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