5.06.2014

#RedBalloonsForRyan


It's amazing how much of an impact somebody else's story can have on your own life. This morning as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across Alissa's photo of a sweet 3 1/2 year old little boy Ryan, son to Jacqui of Baby Boy Bakery, who was killed in a tragic accident Friday evening. A precious life taken all too soon as he was innocently running after a frisbee and was struck by a truck. My heart broke immediately for Jacqui and her family. While I do not have kids myself, I can't even begin to imagine the pain they are going through. Throughout the day I have scrolled through Jacqui's instagram feed just staring at this precious life which is now gone. All I have is tears. While I know none of us can take the hurt away, there are things that we can do to show support.

+ Send your love to the family on social media by using the hashtag #RedBalloonsForRyan. Last time I checked there were close to 11,000 posts which is such a testament to how strong this online community is. 

+ Donate money to the family which can be used for funeral costs and other expenses here

+ Purchase Ryan's Necklace from Lisa Leonard to show support - $5 from each necklace goes directly to the family. 

+ Last, but most important, pray. For peace, comfort, support, rest, and anything else that can bring an ounce of healing to the family during this unfathomable time.


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13 comments:

  1. I have seen this throughout the day and I just can't help but well up and feel sick every time. I have 3 and my heart just breaks for these two parents and their families. I will pray. And pray.

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  2. I have thought about Jacqui, Dan, and Ryan all day today. The love and support that is being given is remarkable. Sometimes social media can do good. Although I'm unable to show monetary support, I have she'd tears for Jaqui and said countless prayers. I hope she feels that she is not alone. Especially with Mother's Day on Sunday. My heart is broken for her.

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  3. ugh, i didn't even think about Mothers' Day. How sad. :(

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  4. This is a parent's worst nightmare. I can't even fathom how you get through something like this, it literally takes my breath away to think about it. I am praying for strength and light during such a dark time for this family.

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  5. This is so sad, my prayers are with the family. I hope the family is encouraged through seeing how everyone is showing support during this time of great loss of a precious little one.

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  6. Thank you for compiling a list of ways to help. I, too, heard about this today. Praying for the family.

    P.S. Proceeds from the sale of this shirt are also going to the family. http://www.indienook.com/collections/frontpage/products/kids-juice-box-tshirt

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  7. Heartbreaking. Thank you for the list of ways we can help. Susan

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  8. I can't even begin to imagine how his parents feel right now. Such a horrible tragedy. I get a lump in my throat every time I think about it.

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  9. This absolutely breaks my heart. No one should have to go through a loss like this. Lot's of love and prayers going out to his family. If there is one good thing to come of this, it's the amazing support of this blogging community to rally around this family in their time of need.

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  10. My heart breaks. I just have no words, only prayers.

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  11. My heart is just completely broken for this family. All I could think about yesterday was Ryan. This blogging/online community really is amazing though! Will be continuing my prayers for this family!

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  12. Ive been seeing this all day and it is seriously so heartbreaking.will definitely be keeping their friends and family in my prayers

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)