On February 27, the life of 5 year old Zachary Michael Cruz was cut short as he was crossing the street with his teacher and some fellow students. I didn't know him. I don't know his family. I do know the story brought tears to my eyes and the realization that I cannot possibly comprehend what this little boy's mother, a fellow Etsian, and the rest of his family must be going through. My heart breaks for them.
In addition to wrestling with their grief, this family is now burdened with the financial obligations associated with burying this little boy. Here's how you can help. There's a thread in the Etsy forums where you can purchase items to help defray funeral costs here. Purchase an item from the seller as you normally would and the seller will deposit the proceeds into Zachary's fund. Or, if you prefer to make a donation without purchasing an item, you may do so here via the PayPal button marked "donate" on the right. If you're not in a position to donate at this time, prayers are always greatly appreciated!
March 12, 2003 - February 27, 2009
*A special thanks to Mona and the girls of Gaffer Girls for bringing my attention to their original post on Zachary and the Cruz family.