What began just over 24 hours ago as a simple response to the loss of Melissa Jenkins and our combined sadness and helplessness resulted in something neither one of us anticipated, in the best possible way.
Our expectations were met, exceeded and beyond. We have committments for more than 250 prints… that’s over $5,000, with 100% of that going directly to the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Fund.
Wow. In the deepest, darkest moment, the community shines. The response was at once amazing and unsurprising.
As noted earlier on our respective Facebook pages, Matt and I have reached the limit on the number of prints we can offer. We are both humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support for Melissa and Ty.
We both encourage those of you who wish to contribute—but may have missed this fundraiser—to send donations of any and all size to the official fund. Information is included below.
Thank you Matt Payeur for teaming up with me on this wild idea… couldn’t have done it without you, good sir.
A very special thanks to Don Whipple of Kingdom Color and Imaging, who stepped up to the plate and then, on a high and tight inside curveball, knocked it out over the Green Monster. We couldn’t have done it without him. Thanks, Don!
Also, Matt and I would like to put together a local silent auction of framed artwork. As more plans materialize, we will be sure to alert everyone so that we can raise even more money for Ty.
We can’t change the past, but we can certainly change the future. Good deeds, my friends.
Information from the Northeast Chamber of Commerce:
A special fund has been set up to assist the 2-year-old son of Melissa Jenkins, now and in the future.
Checks should be made out to “Melissa Jenkins Memorial Trust” and sent to Passumpsic Savings Bank, 497 Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Cash donations and checks can also be dropped by any Passumpsic Bank branch in Vermont.
This is the one fund that ALL donations should be sent to. It was established in cooperation with St. Johnsbury Academy, where Melissa worked, and Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, where her mother works. Please share this message.