Turtleboy has a big platform and a lot of viewers, and as much as we all enjoy ratchet shaming, it’s also important to use our blog as a means for good. I’ve been thinking all morning about ways we can help the family of Worcester firefighter Jason Menard, who died last night trying to save the lives of a baby and his fellow firefighters. There are existing foundations you can donate to, and I’m sure many people will, so that’s taken care of. I’m more interested in helping Jason’s sister and her family get through the most difficult time of their life. The last thing anyone would wanna do after a tragedy like this are the mundane day to day things that we all do – cooking, cleaning, etc.
My plan is to pool together gift cards from the Shrewsbury-Worcester area for places that have takeout so the family can have one less thing to think about. I’ve gotten the ball rolling by contacting Napoli’s in Shrewsbury (I’ve never eaten there but people rave about it), who donated a gift card after I explained what my idea was. I’m asking for any local restaurant that wants to help their family get through this tragedy to donate a gift card as well. Please email me at [email protected] if you’d like to participate. I am not running a registered charity here so I’m not going to collect or handle any money. I’m just here to keep it simple and use our platform to mobilize quick and easy support for this family. I will collect and gather as many as I can, give them to his sister, and let our readers know who stepped up for these fine people. If no other restaurants want to donate, that’s fine. If so I’ll buy the gift cards myself, and I’d encourage turtle riders to do the same. Hit me up on email or message Clarence Woods Emerson on Facebook.
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