Help for Don, Sonic, and Sparrow

$29,338 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 303 people in 58 months
On May 27, 2014, our friend Beth Grunder unexpectedly died. We've all known Beth for varying degrees of time, but I'm sure not a single person who's life she touched has anything but fond, loving memories of her. She will truly be missed.

While we all have a long road ahead of us to work with the grief of her loss, her husband and two children, Don, Sonic, and Sparrow have the longest road. The emotional devastation of a losing a life partner, losing a parent, is more than many will know, and we can only expect that Don will have material needs moving forward. Let's all pitch in to help.
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It was a sad day for us all at Beth's funeral service. Beautiful and heartwrenching to hear Don's words, and even more painful to hear Sonic's farewell to his mother. When I returned home, my daughter had found a picture she had drawn the day of Don's and Beth's wedding. Though she's embarrassed by her spelling, I thought it something to share that children and adults alike were taken with Beth's charm.
Donations continue to trickle in: thank you all!
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Both viewings were tonight at Ruck Funeral Home in Towson, with the funeral service to happen tomorrow morning at 10:30 at Church of the Redeemer. Though giving has slowed down, we've raised an amazing amount for Don and his children. We're still working on raising more--after meeting with some of the other close family members and friends, we're finding that the funeral expenses were overwhelming (if you've ever had to handle an unexpected death, you know that pain), and we're hoping raise even more. Thank you, once again, for giving, and thank you for continuing to post, spread the word to family and friends. On behalf of Don, Sonic, and Sparrow, we all really appreciate it.
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Again, wow. I started this campaign for Don, Sonic, and Sparrow with the aim of raising about $5,000. And now we've raised almost five times that amount! Such an amazing outpouring of financial support. Thank you all so much! We're starting to figure out the best way to start releasing funds to help pay for some of the funerary and other immediate financial needs.
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Up to 219 people who have donated so far, raising over $20,000, with donations ranging from $5 to $2,500! Thank you all, and thank you to those who have posted and reposted this campaign. It means so much to Don knowing that he will be able to focus first on the emotional recovery.
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Sue Fowler
58 months ago

Donald you and your babies in my prayers just heard about Mary Beth She was more than a mom she was like a friend Gymboree

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Marianne Davis
58 months ago

I'm so surprised and sad about your loss. Lots of love to all of your family.

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Ruth Goldberg
58 months ago

Hoping you find comfort with family and friends at this difficult time. I appreciate the opportunity to make a monthly donation--I hope lots of folks take advantage of this so we can continue to support Don, Sonic, and Sparrow as they make their way through an upside-down world in the months to come.

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Rachael Ferranti-Leffler
58 months ago

Sending love to ease your families pain during this difficult time.

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$29,338 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 303 people in 58 months
Created May 28, 2014
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Sue Fowler
58 months ago

Donald you and your babies in my prayers just heard about Mary Beth She was more than a mom she was like a friend Gymboree

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Marianne Davis
58 months ago

I'm so surprised and sad about your loss. Lots of love to all of your family.

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Ruth Goldberg
58 months ago

Hoping you find comfort with family and friends at this difficult time. I appreciate the opportunity to make a monthly donation--I hope lots of folks take advantage of this so we can continue to support Don, Sonic, and Sparrow as they make their way through an upside-down world in the months to come.

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Rachael Ferranti-Leffler
58 months ago

Sending love to ease your families pain during this difficult time.

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