Twitter has been many things...A micro blog, A quick instant messenger, a networking tool, a business tool and also a good communication tool to spread awareness. This is what has happened in the web 2.0 community on the spread of the Daniela family.
A fellow blogger and tweeter David Armano had this to say below...via blog
""I've been at this blog for nearly 3 years now and have never asked for something like this—I hope I've earned enough trust to be able to ask something back from you. Above is a picture of Daniela and her family. Brandon, age 6, Daniela, age 9 and little Evelyn age 4. Daniela recently divorced her husband after years of physical abuse. In recent years her mortgage went unpaid and she's lost her house.
As of this moment, Daniela's family is staying at our house and we are trying to help her find a one bedroom apartment for her family to live in. With Evelyn, her youngest having Down's Syndrome and Daniela herself being a Romanian immigrant with very little family support she literally has no one to turn to. Except us (all of us).
Daniela cleans houses when she can leave her family. I'm not even going to tell you what she gets paid—it's obscene. Right now her options are pretty limited, aside from an apartment, there is only a group shelter. Not very pretty.
Here's what we are asking. Right now, Belinda and I are opening our home, but it's tight as we have no basement. We've committed to giving as much as we can spare, diverting funds from other places. I'm asking if you could think about doing the same. Or at the very least, helping get the word out about this. We are looking to raise 5k for Daniela and her family. Enough so that she doesn't have to worry about a deposit or rent for a while.""
I know this is the worst possible time to ask for anything. But would you consider the following:
1. Giving whatever you can ("Chip in" uses Pay Pal and it's very easy to donate and it's secure)
2. Spread the word. Please, please blog this, tweet this, re-tweet this.
3. Help find a donor (maybe a generous company or individual)
As a financial expert in the mortgage field I have seen many cases where people could not afford their house all too well but what hit me the most is this blogger has reached out to ask for help from the web 2.0 community who mostly do not know this family are helping in a time of age where most families are struggling with their own finances.
Even though the original goal was for $5,000 as you can see we have succeeded but there is still plenty of time left and lots more to help to Feb 5th 2009.
This has opened my eyes and lifted my heart and I have chipped in and want to pass this on.
*Update This is amazing and the power of social media * We raised over 9k in donations in under 4 hrs!!!