As you might very well know if you have been following Greg Hatcher’s columns the last few months, he and his wife Julie have been going through some tough times as of late. He had a good line in his latest column about a friend sympathizing with him over the death of Leonard Nimoy:
My first indication that this was going to be a thing was when a co-worker came up to me on Friday and said, “I’m so sorry.”
My initial reaction was that she was talking about one of the several household disasters we have had to deal with in the last three weeks– I won’t bore you with the litany of car trouble and medical crap and so on we’ve been dealing with since Julie got laid off at the end of January, but our run of bad luck recently has been such that sympathy from someone at work was not unreasonable.
But then she added, “I heard Leonard Nimoy died.”
I’ll level with you: my first response, that I had to really work hard to bite back, was Are you kidding me? THAT’S what you came to express sympathy over? Where the hell were you when Julie was in the hospital, or…
But I didn’t say it, because the woman was absolutely NOT kidding. She was sure I was devastated and she genuinely wanted to be helpful.
So let’s do a bit more than just sympathize with Greg and help him and his wife out a little financially.
Some friends of Greg have set up a GoFundMe campaign for the Hatchers here. We’re talking a very little amount of money being requested. If the regular readers of Greg’s columns each gave, like, five-ten bucks each, we’d be done in no time.
In addition, there is a Facebook group for Help the Hatchers where donated items are being raffled off to people who have donated at least $25 to the GoFundMe campaign. So not only can you do a good thing for a good guy, you can WIN stuff, too!
I’e been asking some artists who know the Hatchers and how awesome they are if they’re willing to donate some artwork, but if anyone else is willing to donate stuff, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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