Many of you have already heard, but over the weekend, Justin DeChantal, 24-year-old son of Sheila from BookJourney, was killed in a car accident. In response, a group of bloggers got together, led by Jenn from The Picky Girl, to start a GoFundMe to raise money to donate a bench in Justin's honor at Sheila's library. She's very active at her library and has worked for a long time to get a memorial bench project off the ground, and now Justin's will be the first.
Sheila is such a positive force in the book blogging community as the host of It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and other events. She's been a great help to us at the Readathon over the years, and she's just a wonderful person and friend to all she meets. I've long enjoyed reading about Sheila's family and seeing her photos on Facebook, and my heart just breaks for her.
While the GoFundMe has already surpassed its goal of $800, any funds over that amount will still go to benefit the Brainerd Public Library.
I'm constantly amazed by the goodness in the book blogging community, and I just have to thank everyone who donated yesterday. It blew me away that you all raised the goal in just a few hours and the giving and outpouring of support for Sheila has continued.
Spread the word with the #SupportSheila hashtag.