What does the Christmas season mean to you? For me and my family, it is a time to celebrate the birth, life, death and resurrection of our King, Jesus Christ. This birth brought great joy into the world, because that baby became our undeserved salvation. Without God's sacrifice of His son, we would be dying in our sins.
This year on Pennies on a Platter we're also celebrating the life of another King. His name is Jeremy King. A son, husband, father and friend to many of my readers who suddenly passed away in November at the young age of 31. Surviving his death are his pregnant wife (Veronica), two adorable children (Faith and Caleb) and another son (Carter) due this Valentines' Day.
Jeremy was a blessing to many during his short life. It is amazing to hear about the impact he had when reading posts on his Facebook wall. I can't help but think of Jeremy when I hear the lyrics of the song "If I die Young" by The Band Perry, when she sings,
"Who would have thought forever could be severed by the sharp knife of a short life."
And then again at,
"A penny for my thoughts, oh no, I'll sell them for a dollar.
They're worth so much more after you're a goner.
And maybe then you'll start hearing the words I've been singing.
Funny when you're dead how people start listening."
It is so true how a death can shake up someone's heart, mind and soul. I can assure you, though, that Jeremy was impacting lives even before the date of his death. He was a singer, as well, and lead the worship at his church. People were hearing the words he was singing every week.
This nightmare began for Veronica, her family, and close friends on Tuesday, November 9. (You can read the story here on her blog). I know she has been surrounded with love and contributions, but I've been thinking and praying about a way to chip in and help as well, and finding it difficult while living so far away.
An idea finally hit me. An idea that I'm very excited about and want to tie into the Christmas season. Without sharing contractual details, I can tell you that I make a tiny bit of money from the one advertisement I have on my blog. The money I make off this advertisement is solely based on blog hits, which means how many times readers (you) click on my blog each month. Since Veronica's life insurance is very minimal, I feel like a monetary contribution to her is the best way to help. This is why I've decided to donate 100% of my blog's profit to Veronica and her family for the month of January.
What does this mean to you? This means that there is a way for you to help Veronica, for free! I'm asking all of my readers to visit Pennies on a Platter as often as you can from January 1 to January 31 in order to increase the blog hits for the month. This will, in turn, raise more money for Veronica and her family.
What else can you do to help? You can tell all of your friends and family, coworkers and neighbors, about this opportunity to help so that they can also click on my blog and help raise money, for free (just tell them to visit PenniesonaPlatter.com).
I'm so excited to see the turn out for this, as it will be more than Ben and I would be able to give out of our own pockets. If, after reading Veronica's story, you feel compelled to donate to her family on your own, you may send a check payable to Veronica King, 300 W. Princeton, Pontiac, MI 48340 or you
may also donate online via Paypal by clicking the button below (or on the left sidebar). (This period is now over.)
Thank you, everyone, for taking the time to read about Jeremy, Veronica and their story. Remember, the clicks do not count until January 1st through January 31. I'll post another reminder next week. Please remember to share with everyone you know. 🙂