Let me tell you about Travis Erwin.
Travis is a fellow writer-in-the-trenches, a fellow parent (his boys are 6 and 8), and a friend. I met him through Twitter and soon got sucked into his blog, especially when he posted the brutally honest, heart-melting story of when his son was born, and things went wrong.
On January 4th, Travis's house burned to the ground. Typically, he tweeted about it the same day. Now his family is temporarily living with parents, struggling to figure out what to do next and how to explain to the boys about lost Hotwheels, Christmas presents, and what happened to Captain Jack the turtle.
Everybody's been asking how they can help. Superstar authors Erica Orloff and Stephen Parrish have set up a website for donations to the family: you can buy a brick for Travis's family, and help get them going again.
Donations here: http://www.habitatfortravis.blogspot.com/
Or, Travis has asked for donations of Hotwheels or kid's books to go directly to his boys:
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If your post-Christmas, horrible-economy wallet can spare, or you have some books or Hotwheels lying around, please help!