I first met Viv in elementary school. She was sweet and funny, and loved Journey. A year behind me in school, I was a sophomore when she joined us at the local Catholic high school. She joined marching band, and quickly became known as “Shutterbug”, because she was ALWAYS taking pictures. Did I mention she still loved Journey?
When I graduated from high school, I went to Miami University as a music major and joined the Miami Marching Band. Lo and behold, the next year, after her own high school graduation, Viv came to Miami and joined the band as well. She was still the same sweet and funny flute player, with her camera in hand. And she still loved Journey.
We lost touch after college, but reconnected, as many have, on Facebook. One of the things I learned about her after reconnecting on Facebook was her commitment to causes near and dear to her heart. For the past several years, she has raised money for mental health awareness through the NAMI Walks program. She also loves her furry creatures, and has donated countless hours as a pet foster parent and helped raise money for the Stray and Feral Rescue program in her hometown.
She still loves Journey, and recently, has been on a whirlwind journey of her own. Like so many, Viv lost her job when the economy went south. Always the worker bee, though, she’s put her photography talents to use creating “video scrapbooks” and DVDs for friends and family. She was hired by a temp
agency earlier this fall, and things were finally looking up for her. Unfortunately, she was in a car accident in October, severely damaging her vehicle, and leaving her out of work (no wheels=no job!). While insurance is trying to take care of things, it’s VERY SLOOOOOOWWWW, and since she was employed for less than thirty days with the temp agency, there’s not going to be a lot of “lost wages”.
So now, in addition to no job, she is in danger of becoming homeless as well. She’s doing everything she can to raise money so she can stay in her apartment (where she’s lived for 17 years!) and find a job with a regular paycheck. She’s offering to make yummy baked goods, wonderful video scrapbooks, wedding guestbooks, whatever it takes. If you’re interested in one for the holidays, check out “Viv’s Scrapbook/Slideshow DVD Creations” on Facebook. She’d love to make one for you!
That’s the kind of girl Viv has always been…whatever it takes. If you know her, you know what I mean!
I wondered what I could do to help Viv through this rough part of her own journey. Then I found this site called “Chipin“, where you can create fundraisers of your own, and an idea was born. I know everyone’s been affected by the economy, some of us more than others. But we ARE in the season of giving. Wouldn’t it be nice to take care of a friend (or friend of a friend, if you haven’t had the privilege of knowing Viv)?
Viv has absolutely NO idea that I’m doing this. Or at least she won’t until she sees the post on Facebook. And she’ll be the first to tell you that she’d rather make something for you to buy than just have you give money outright. But when you’re in dire straits, sometimes you just have to rely on the kindness of strangers and friends, and trust that God will bring you through the worst.
$1, $5, $10 or more will help get my friend Viv back on her feet. You can click on the widget code–silly WordPress won’t accept regular widgets– in the sidebar or go to my Chipin Page for Friends of Viv. The money (less the PayPal fee) will go right into her PayPal account to help pay her back rent and expenses from the accident.
And if anyone is in the Twin Cities area of MN and knows of a job, Viv is a super-hard worker with a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University. You can contact her at: luvjrny4ever (at) yahoo (dot) com. She’s got office experience, teaching experience, and experience as a mobile DJ.
And she still loves Journey.