You Donate, I Send, You Bake Gluten-Free Sourdough

When I first heard that Jennie’s husband died, my body reacted.

My breathing stopped,

my stomach clenched

and my mind raced back to a room in Beth Israel hospital in 1990 as the light faded from my husband’s eyes.

and I knew.


I knew I had to help, somehow, to help Jennie get through this next transitional stage of grief.

The one that made my parents buy me the thickest down comforter that they could find, just to keep me from feeling the cold.

The one that made all the routines of life so important, the ones that made each footstep follow the first.

The ones that allowed me to move out of my house, into work and participate with people even though there was a hollow, emptiness inside.

The grief eventually morphs into all those stages that Elizabeth Kubler Ross so eloquently spelled out in On Death and Dying

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance

But that visceral stage can come back in a heartbeat when you hear someone else is in pain.


So I knew I wanted to help.  But I’m clear across the country.  And Jennie and I haven’t met, except, perhaps, at a large convention.

So when Jennie asked for peanut butter pies for Mikey, I made one,  shared about it and held my kids and husband close.

I held an image of peace in my heart for Jennie and her girls.

I watched to see what I else I could do from afar.


Then another tragedy happened, closer to home.

A classmate of our girls, a lovely boy of 12, came home from camp, went to the doctor and discovered he had leukemia.

Rushed to Children’s hospital in Seattle but the disease progressed rapidly.  He was removed from life support less than 2 weeks later.

And my body reacted again.

But this time, I could do what I wanted to do for Jennie in a tangible way.

I could bake and bring food to Liam’s family, attend the funeral with my girls, hand out tissues and hugs and memories with the other mourners.

And realize that I will never hear this song again without thinking of Liam.

Beautiful Boy- John Lennon

I can assist Jennie and her girls with your help, even from the upper left corner of the country.

Bloggers without Borders founded by Maggie Keet of Three Many Cooks, and Erika Pineda-Ghanny of Ivory Hut

is hosting an auction.

This non profit group functions to help channel our collective desires to help into tangible actions.

I am grateful!  They and Shauna have created a place for an auction of items to help create #afundforjennie

My addition to the amazing auction items is simple:

Bread- Gluten-Free sourdough bread

The first 25 people to leave a comment here with their donation amount will receive:

A gluten-free sourdough bread making kit- including a starter culture packet, flour blend for the loaf and recipes.

With this kit, you will be able to make your own amazing sourdough bread again.

It doesn’t matter how much you give, all I ask is that you give a thoughtful amount.

In this economy, you know better than I what that amount is for you.

Here are the rules:

  • Leave a comment with your donation amount at the bottom of this post.
  • Donate via Bloggers Without Borders’ PayPal Page
  • Send me proof of your donation. (You can either take a screen capture of it or forward the confirmation  email to me at GFSourdough @ Remember to give me your snail mail address.
  • Please don’t “double dip.” If you’ve already donated to the cause thanks to another site, fabulous! I (very) kindly ask that if you’d like the sourdough kit that you make a specific donation inspired by this post.  It just seems fair to do it this way. I’m sure you understand.

That’s it!
And if you want to donate and don’t want a sourdough kit? Click on the image below. It takes you right to the donation page!
From personal experience, it will be years before Jennie and the girls are able to completely understand the financial impact the loss of Mikey will have in their lives.
Please be generous.

Donate to Bloggers Without Borders


Thanks for your patience, all you donors.  The packages left my office today to all the USA addresses.  ENJOY!


Gluten Free sourdough kits waiting for the mailman

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39 Responses to You Donate, I Send, You Bake Gluten-Free Sourdough

  1. Amykrypel August 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    i just donated $10. Thanks for doing this…so sad.

  2. Melanie August 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    I donated $20. Had already made a seperate donation but can wait to try making this bread! I miss sourdough…mmmmm

  3. Michelle August 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    I have donated $36…it is a good luck number in the Jewish Faith…18 is the lucky number and double is the #36…my heart goes out for Jennie and her family…my thoughts have been with her since I heard.

  4. cd August 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    I’m not sure if you’ve made it to 25, but I gave $200

  5. Michelle Winchester August 26, 2011 at 2:52 am #

    I am in for $50. It is great to give and receive – this is a great idea.

  6. Deanna August 26, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    Jennie’s story hit me hard and I’ve never met her…but it’s amazed me at how this food blogging community has come together. I’m donating $25…not just for the sourdough gf bread recipe but because it’s the right thing to do and every little bit will help.

  7. Sfnursern August 26, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    My husband and I are in for $50! I wish it could be more! I have read about this tragedy on Gluten-free Girl’s blog and have been meaning to donate. I am not sure if we are the first 25 people, but either way it is a great cause.

  8. Crystal August 26, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    Donated $50. Thank you for the post and the offer!

  9. Allison August 26, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    Hi! What a great thing is being done for Jennie. What a tragic situation! I’ve seen all the posts and really wanted to be able to participate in some way. When I saw the sourdough starter you were offering I knew this was it. I have so missed having sourdough! Thanks for your donation. I donated $50 and I hope it helps!

  10. Gisele Hardock August 26, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    I am hoping that you will ship to Canada.  I would really love a sourdough kit, and am so glad to see a fundraiser for Jennie that is within my budget.  I will donate $25.

    • Gisele Hardock August 26, 2011 at 2:08 am #

      I sent my donation receipt your way.  Thank you so much for your generosity with so many kits – I can’t imagine how much work it will be for you to put these together and mail them out, not to mention the expense.  It has been so heart-warming to see the community rally around someone in need.

  11. Steff Lincecum August 26, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    Donated $15.00 Thank you for doing this!

  12. Kelbel August 26, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    We’re in for fifty.  Thank you for your generous offer.  Kelley P & family in Ohio

  13. Debra Mc August 26, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    I have kept Jennie in my prayers since we heard the news. We lost a close friend in June, at 32 due to a heart attack. Supporting her grieving husband has been emotional, but necessary. That’s what communities do. I am proud to donate $25. I wish we could do more, but we have been hit hard.

    Thanks for doing this!

  14. Gaile M August 26, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    wonderful idea, Jean.  I donated and sent you my info.  Thanks so much!

  15. Jennifer H. August 26, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    I wish I could donate more, but I can donate $25 right now.  I’ve been known to forget things like this when I’m not well-connected to the person, but if I remember (or it’s brought to my attention) later, I will gladly donate more.

  16. Laura August 26, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    I am new to the gluten free world. I was diagnosed with Celiac last week. As you can imagine, I’m a tad broke right now but i would love to donate $10 to help out. Thanks!

  17. keri August 26, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    I will gladly donate $30 for this cause. 

  18. Jennifer D August 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    I will gladly donate $25 and thank you for your generosity and compassion!

  19. Diana August 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    I would like to donate $50 to this cause. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of this family.

  20. Lisa Torres August 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    I am dontaing $25.00 Sorry I cant do more right now. I am sooo sorry for their loss and will be praying for all who are involved and the boys family too :(  Its awsome what you are all doing…. :)

  21. Sher_bo August 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    I can’t help much, but will send $40.00 .  My mom grew up without a father.  Indirectly, I’ve seen the pain it causes.

  22. Jenelle August 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Losing any part of your family is never easy. I am glad to have helped. I donated $20. 

  23. Giuliana August 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    This story really breaks my heart. I’m donating $40, hopes and prayers.

    • Jean Layton-GFDoctor August 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

      Hi Guiliana,
      Thank you for your generosity.  I will let the prayers and hopes circle on to Jennie and the girls.

  24. Kirstie Perez August 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    Sourdough is amazing, thank you for doing this. $5.

  25. Terise August 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    I lost my father too young, not as young as Jennie’s kids, but he was only 53.  Thank you for sharing your story and your talents.  I will be making a donation.  Wish it could be more…

    • Jean Layton-GFDoctor August 25, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

      Any donation will help, because when we can be touched by a person and want to help, the world is a better place.

  26. Notsandy2002 August 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Thank you for your offer, and it feels nice to have the oppourtunity to help others. I have donated $10.

    • Jean Layton-GFDoctor August 25, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

      Thank you so much for your donation, every one makes a difference for Jennie and her girls

  27. Heather August 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    I don’t know Jennie, but I know what it’s like to lose your Dad when you are growing up.  My heart breaks for Jennie and her children.  I know $50 is not much, but it comes with the hope that one day the sun will shine and their hearts will be filled with happiness and joy again.  

  28. Heather August 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    I don’t know Jennie, but I know what it’s like to lose your Dad when you are growing up.  My heart breaks for Jennie and her children.  I know $50 is not much, but it comes with the hope that one day the sun will shine and their hearts will be filled with happiness and joy again.  

    • Jean Layton-GFDoctor August 25, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

      Hi Heather,
      Thank you so much for this donation.
      if everyone who reads this and all the other posts from all the offers could donate $50, then Jennie would be able to not worry quite so much about the practical necessities of life and just focus on the emotional ones.  Here’s to getting this fund built to that point.  

  29. Mast Cpr August 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    So sorry to hear of another family hurting. This is a great idea!


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