There is so much to say and so many words I cannot find. I think I could just sit and stare at the screen and still not have the right words. But here it goes, stay with me cuz my brain is scattered this morning.
It is crazy how a day can be filled with such great happiness and end in such great sorrow. That was my yesterday. I got to do a pretty amazing thing thanks to all of you. I’ll share that in a minute. What really matters at this moment is each of us and the community of Matilda Jane. I am shocked every time I see our number of “friends” on Facebook grow. I honestly, watch the numbers and think to myself “That many people liked my page and holy cats we have a ton of friends.” I need help from each of you today. Just 5 minutes to take a few seconds to donate to a family who should be solely focused on family and not what the future will hold. We can;t take care of all of it, but we sure can help. And after you take the few seconds to help, take the rest of the time to send a prayer and hug to Amber and one for your family. Things change so fast.
To cut and paste this part would be best “On July 30, 2012, Amber Roussel was tragically killed in a car accident on I10 in Beaumont, Texas. She leaves behind her beloved husband, Ryan, and their two cherished children… Emmie, (3) and Ryan, (1). We cannot ease their heavy hearts, but we can try to relieve some of the inevitable financial burden of a little family suddenly without a wife and mother. Ryan travels extensively for work, and their children will need full-time care, at times around the clock. This will be no small need in the years to come. Amber was a beautiful soul and a generous spirit many grew to love, no matter the distance between many of us. She will be greatly missed and forever remembered. Thank you to all who contribute.”
Amber was a strong presence in the Matilda Jane community. When I see her face, I feel like I know her. And when I read about the accident I felt like I was hit by a ton of bricks.
There are so many of us. I would really love more than anything for each of you to go to the site, www.indiegogo.com/AmberRoussel and donate a dollar or 2. That is all. We can all do that. We can all do it right now. It may seem like a small amount to donate but if we all do our part it is HUGE. Please do not think you dollar will not matter, it does matter. It matters huge. We need everyone who asked to be our “Friend” to step up and proudly hit the donate button. Just a dollar and one minute. And when you are done, be sure to send a quick prayer to Amber. She will feel it. The power of numbers is so strong and I have no doubt we can do this.
All I can do is think about Amber and her family. I think about the kids wanting their mom and their dad trying his hardest to be strong and put on a brave face. All I would want to do is curl up in a ball. Things have to move on. Life continues and it would be so nice if it could just stop for a few moments and we could all digest this tragic event. She was one of us. A mom, who loved her kids and loved to chat about clothing and good stuff. She is you as you refresh Patinum or as you BST your older pieces get the new. She is part of Matilda Jane and you. She took me to nominate friends for Spread the Love and in turn now has hundreds of nominations for herself.
Please, please just take a minute and donate. Any amount. It is anonymous. Don’t think your dollar does not matter. It does.
And right before I heard the news I was on the phone with another customer, Charlotte. We’ve sent them quite a bit of Matilda Jane for her families work in Kitale. I received a note from her a few weeks ago. They are trying to build an orphanage and I wanted to help spread the word. But after seeing the site, and reading about it I knew it was something I had to do. Something I could do thanks to Matilda Jane. I was on the phone telling Charlotte that we would like to fund their entire Brick By Brick Campaign. And as I think about it now, maybe it was something we were supposed to do for Amber. Just maybe.
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Helen Keller says it best, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
And remember you are one..we are all one.