Helping others in their time of need

Last updated on November 16th, 2023 at 05:27 pm

It’s every mother’s nightmare, and every stranger’s heartache to hear that someone has lost their daughter. The heartache deepens when you find out that that daughter was going to be a mother herself.

I am saddened to share this sad story with you, but this was a close friend of mine’s friend and I want to help out in their time of need, in anyway I can.

Mariana was 19 weeks pregnant with a little girl, her first baby. She was so excited to be a new mother like every expecting mother-to-be is. She had an extreme close bond with her own mother, and together they were excitedly planning for this new addition to their loving family. They were best friends and everyone always said their relationship is what every mother wants with their own daughter.

On January 24th, Mariana was killed instantly in a car accident leaving her mother and the rest of their family in devastation. She was only 20, her life had yet to fully begin as was the life of her unborn little girl.

Angie, her mother has been working hard trying to finish her degree but her degree is threatened by the expenses building up and she might have to quit to get a job to pay for it all. People don’t realize in the states, even in death where there isn’t hospital stays or treatments, it’s still very expensive for the family.

Mariana’s closest friends have put together this fundraiser to help support Angie both financially and emotionally. With expenses hitting close to $12K, this memorial fund is here to help Angie so that she may finish her degree and the family can mourn their daughter without the added pressures of bills.

Mariana was a kindred heart, working in a assisted living home at only 20, she gave time and attention to each patient, making their end of life full of happiness and laughter. Mariana’s life will long be remembered through her loving family and friends. At such a young age she helped so many others, so let’s now all help her, by taking just a moment to click HERE and donate.

Any amount small or large can have a huge impact on someone’s life. I have decided to not have Starbucks for a month and donate the money I would spend there on things that are unnecessary and put it towards something that can change a person’s life. I can’t take Angie’s pain away but I can try helping ease it by showing my support. Will you do the same?

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60 thoughts on “Helping others in their time of need”

    • It does, I am deep saddened that she would have done amazing things in life, and been an amazing mother yet she was ripped from this world so randomly and instantly for no reason. So devastating.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this Jenny, it means so much to us all to be able to reach so many people. You wrote this so beautifully.. I was bawling my eyes out the whole time, not only because of how beautifully you’ve written this but also because of your selfless love for others! You are a doll!! Thank you so very much!! Loves!!

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    • I only wish I could do more my lovely. It is truly devastating, and I know it won’t heal Angie’s pain but I hope that people donate and really realize it doesn’t take much to give something small that can have a HUGE impact of someone else. Even giving up something petty like coffee to give more. I hope my readers will do the same and help this poor family out in their time of need.

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  2. So wonderful that you gave up your coffee addiction for a whole month to help support Mariana’s family after her untimely passing. We donated, and while it wasn’t much, every little bit counts. I think it’s awesome that you would dedicate blog-space to Mariana and Angie’s story to get the word out there and hopefully get this family some much needed help. I often wish I had chosen something more lucrative than being a soldier for my twenties so that I could afford to offer more help to others in need, but I trust that God put me on the right path.

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    • Like Emily said Artiesa you gave up those years of your life for your country and to fight for what you believed in and help everyone else live in a free country. I don’t think you could do anything more noble and honoring. So never sell yourself short again my lovely. Just loving and caring is a lot you know! Of course, I would help anyone as much as I can, it is so sad what has happened. I am truly so devastated for Angie and her family!

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  3. Artiesa, what you did being a soldier, putting a hold on life and serving for all of us is the ultimate gift! I’m just glad you came home safe and sound, and am grateful for that everyday!!! Don’t ever feel like you aren’t helping enough, because you too help in every way you can and what you have already done money can’t buy!!! I bet Jenny could word that much better than me!! 😉

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    • I agree completely. It’s so sad and as a parent now I get so emotional over things that could happen even though they haven’t. I panic alot. Silly me I know but the world is scary and cruel.

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    • I know, hugging my kids tight and feeling grateful I still can. I only wish I could heal Angie’s pain and loss. Trying the best way I know to raise money to help ease her worries.

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    • Thank you Suzanne. I am trying my best, every little helps this poor family in their time of need. I wish I could do more and take their pain away.

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  4. oh jenny I am so sorry to read this, its written so beautifully I have had to fetch myself some tissues so I can see the screen again my heart and thoughts go out to the family and you xxx

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    • Thank you Helen, I know I was the same writing it. But if I can help spread the word and help raise money for them, it’s worth it. I only wish I could take away their suffering and pain. Every little counts for this family and they are so grateful for all the donations already.

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  5. How terribly sad – what a tragedy. I am so sorry to read this; you have written it so beautifully though Jenny. #sharewithme

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    • Thank you Katie. I just feel helpless and can’t take my friends pain away. But helping raising money so they don’t losing anything else is all I can do.

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    • Thanks mel. I am just trying to help in anyway I can by getting people to donate. Debt shouldn’t be a burden on someone who has lost their daughter and grand baby all suddenly. Hoping people will take a moment a fiver could change their life. If we all did it.

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    • Thanks Victoria. I just hope it helps. I can’t imagine losing my daughter and grand baby and then have to worry about losing other things because of the debt on top of it all.

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  6. Such a sad story, it makes you want to hug your little ones and bumps that extra bit tighter every night. You’ve really highlighted how short life can be and that the love and support of family and friends is all we need 🙂

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    • So true, when it all boils down to it, family is absolutely everything. I can’t take Angie’s pain away but hopefully I can help her daughter’s charity out. Every little bit helps them.

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    • I know, so true. And we never know whats around the corner. I am trying to get people to donate even a fiver to realize the smallest things in life can be huge for the next person. Such a sad and hard time for this family.

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  7. Oh Jenny, this is so very sad. & i imagine extremely hard for you to write. It makes me appreciate what i have & how incredibly blessed i am. I wish all those involved the strength & love needed to pull through these tragic times. xx

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    • I know, me too. Hugging my kids a little tighter after hearing this. I wish I could heal their pain but I am trying to help spread the word and help raise money for them so they have one less thing to hurt them.

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    • It is so unfair to some of the best of us. And to take two lives at once is over tragic. Heart wrenching. I wish I could take the families pain away. I only want to help them the best way I know how. Spread the word and ask for donations.

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  8. I can’t imagine how hard it was for you to write this but what a wonderful thing to be helping out someone when they need it the most

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    • Thank you so much Tracey. I wish I could take their pain away but the next best I can do is ask people to donate even a pound can all add up to make sure this family doesn’t lose anymore. With some many charities out there these days it is hard to ask people to donate as they all seem to donate to something already. But for this family I can only try. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Life can be very difficult to live with sometimes when things like this happen. So desperately sad and how lovely that you’re sharing this and helping a little in whatever way you can x

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    • I know I cannot take their pain away but I can try my best to help spread the word and raise pennies that all add up to help this poor family out in their time of need. Even if people donated £1 it really does add up and helps a family in their time of need. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. What a terrible tragedy, i’m sat here cuddling my sleepy little girl who has just woken from her nap and I can’t begin to imagine how i’d cope without her. my heart goes out to the family x

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    • Thank you. I think we never know what’s going to happen and when its tragic for someone else some lend a hand but I can’t take this family’s pain away I can only help them raise money for the debts left behind and help them not lose anything else.

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  11. I suddenly hugged my son. I am sorry I cant donate as things are hard at home. I would want to wish she’d recover but i dont know if you can recover with losing someone. I am glad that her daughter has real friends who’s there for her mum.

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    • Thanks Merlinda. Understandable. Just trying to help by spreading the word. I would rather take her pain away instead. So sad. I think you are right it never heals but maybe gets less hard with time only.

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    • Thank you Sam. I know I only wish I could ease their family’s pain. I am hoping to helping raise money for the charity will help because I don’t know what else to do.

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  12. What a heartbreaking thing to happen. Such a sad story and my heart goes out to her family and of course to both angels taken on that fateful day.

    Life really shouldn’t be taken for granted and we should all life each day as though its our last. Lifes too short not too! #sharewithme

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    • Exactly. Greatly put debs. It really can happen to anyone definitely shouldn’t take any of it for granted. I just hope me spreading the word about the charity helps a little. I know I can’t take her pain away but every little helps.

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  13. I’m one of Mariana’s aunts and I really appreciate what you are trying to accomplish in helping out my sister. I came across this post today and it was an amazing reminder of how Mariana has affected others in her short time. Thank you

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