Excuse the break from wine, but this takes precedence.
Last night at SXSW, as a result of unfathomable selfish, awful choices, two people lost their lives and several more visitors were injured, some critically.
This is a tragedy magnified by the fact that those people were likely visiting our town and are without a support system. That’s where I need your help.
One look at my site and you can tell I am not tech savvy. And as much as I’d love to be able to be multiple places at once, that can’t happen. But we can. together. Together, we can show the victims and their friends and families the support they need right now.
As many of you know, last year we were in the hospital for about ten days with a loved one. It was a very difficult time, a time that would have been much more difficult without the support of friends. Whether it was sending food, praying with us, or even bringing some wine when it got too much, their support made all the difference.
Let’s be the support for these visitors.
Here’s what I envision. A site where people can list needs, and someone else can fill them. A ride to or from the airport? Someone to sit with for an hour? Someone to wait for news while they catch a breath? Food? Help managing the insurance/billing? I would list those ideas and more and you, the great community of Austin would jump in where you can.
It may not be much, but it will be everything for those hurting and the families trying to get to them. Who can help? Web design? Spread the word? Jump in.
In the meantime, I have set up this Lotsa Helping Hands site where volunteers can join groups and people can post needs.
and the Facebook page, Austin Loves SXSWers.
*update: SXSW has set up an organization to help that will launch this evening. That may be a great place to put our energies at this time. I will leave the site active for anyone still wanting to use it to post needs/availability. #sxswcares