I stole this (with her permission) from Lea's site.
I know a lot of you are struggling financially a little bit. I totally understand.
But if you HAVE twenty dollars to send this family, PLEASE DO. For god's sake, this is just a sad, sad story and we can make it better!
FROM LEA HERNANDEZ:
HELP: For the Family of Tom Artis
Via the mighty mighty Tom Spurgeon:
The family of the late cartoonist Tom Artis needs your help.
Many people wrote me after the fire last year and said, "I can't imagine." I can't imagine what the last eight months would have been like without the many small donations made to my family. Most were under $20. But, like the kid who went to college on pennies, small can become huge.
I can't imagine being the family of Tom Artis. Artis died from complications of diabetes on May 1st. The family home was destroyed by a tornado. They were robbed of Tom's art and their possessions shortly after Tom went into the hospital.
Tom's family can't even afford to give him a funeral, which is criminal.
It's a pointed reminder to freelancers to not give the entirety of their careers to work for hire, and to invest, and to insure, but that's our lesson, a gift from Tom.
I would like for you, even if only because I asked, to show the Artis family some of the love you showed me. I know money's tight, but throw a couple ones or a fiver or even a Jackson in the mail.
I'm sending a crisp $20. from my earnings at CAPE!
Here's my challenge to you, Friends of the Diva: I have 387 people who list me as a friend. I'd like at LEAST 300 of you to send AT LEAST $5.00 each.
That'll raise $1,500. just from us.
Don't think someone else might be doing it. If you can't send $5.00, send a buck. Send quarters from the couch.
It ALL helps!
The Tom TC Artis and Family Memorial Fund
You can send the check to:
Attn: Gale Krueger
1401 North Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62702
The Artis family thanks you, and I thank you. We can't imagine, but we can do.