May. 24th, 2009

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What makes community?

What are one's rights and responsibilities when one is part of a community?

How can one contribute to one's community?

I have just learned that the father of someone who is part of two of my online Communities committed suicide on Friday. Heidi is part of the Shapely Prose community, and also part of the greater Livejournal community, as [livejournal.com profile] thesugarmonster.

Her absolutely heartbreaking first post about it is here. Please be warned that is is potentially triggering, so if you have PTSD, you may not want to read it.

As was reported this morning on Shapely Prose, Heidi and her mother both have chronic health problems, and can not work. In addition to regular living costs, and in addition to dealing with their grief and trauma over this, they are also now responsible for funeral and burial costs for her father, and will probably have to move.

Because so many people have asked how they can help, Heidi has set up a PayPal account to take donations. Her post about it is here. I know the economy is shit right now, and I know that many of you have so little extra money. But if you have even ten dollars you can spare, please consider donating it to Heidi and her mother. This is about the most horrible thing anybody can have to go through. Also, as she states at the bottom of the post, even if you don't have anything to donate, she'd love to get cards and such that aren't bills, right now.

I don't know Heidi at all, except for having seen her as an active part of the Shapely Prose community. But this is an incredibly awful situation to be in, and I'd like to help in the way I can; in this case, it is getting the word out to others who may be in a more financially sound place, who can help out monetarily. I also plan on making and sending her and her mother a card with a note of support.

Can you help out your community today?

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