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Urgent Plea: Help Ease a Family Tragedy

Posted By biteclub On February 12, 2014 @ 9:22 am In Best Of... | 4 Comments

Photo by Paige Green.

Sorry for the quick post here (I’m in two weeks of digital training, 8 hours a day), but this was so important that I wanted to make sure it got out to BiteClubbers asap.

I try not to overwhelm readers with every Kickstart campaign, “vote for my recipe” and “help this person”, but this situation really tugged at my heartstrings. Here’s the story…

A West Marin family, the Porrata-Powells, were recently told their four-year-old son, EZ (Zeke) had Stage 4 cancer. As if that wasn’t enough of a heartbreak, EZ’s father, Roneil, died unexpectedly in his sleep just two weeks ago. And now, mom Alex and her two children are struggling to make ends meet and help EZ with his diagnosis.

To help out, several local farms and ranches are raising funds for the family. Victorian Farmstead, Tara Firma Farms and BN Ranch have launched the  “EZ Pound of Ground” Fundraiser (details below), with 100% of proceeds supporting the Roneil Powell Memorial Fund.

In the first four days they have sold 32 EZ Pounds for $20 each. They’ve also received over $800 in donations, leaving many more EZ Pounds to sell! That’s over $1400 that will go to Alex and her kids. If you can’t afford to donate you can still help. PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK OR THE ONE ONFACEBOOK! It might just reach someone who can help, and every EZ Pound matters.

“Mother and children are being put through a series of tests of courage and character that will make you question everything you know to be true,” said Adam Parks of Victorian Farmstead.

I’m going to let Adam’s kind words (he also lost a child to a rare disease) explain further.

It is a situation that I can’t imagine, and that’s coming from someone who has lost a child to a rare disease. You can’t prepare, even when you are given time. And to have your world crushed overnight is to much to comprehend. So, as I would expect, the West Marin community I grew up in is rallying in epic ways. There are auctions, benefits, offers of meals, transportation, child care and even a yoga and meditation benefit! All that is great, but I need to use my place in the world to do some good in my circle of influence. That’s YOU!
 
Victorian Farmstead has partnered with Tara Firma Farms and BN Ranch to raise money for this family in a way that EVERYONE can participate in. VF and TF are each putting 100 one pound packs of ground beef up for sale for $20 each. BN Ranch is adding in in 100 one pound packs of ground turkey! 100% of this money will go to Alex and her kids. You can buy these at our butcher shop or any of our farmers markets starting Saturday, February 8th. Ground turkey will be available the following week. If you want to help and we are either sold out or you would like turkey, we will give you an IOU card for your $20 this weekend. All you have to do is ask for a pound of ground for Alex.
 
I can’t make it any easier. Find $20. Clean out your ash tray and couch cushions. Don’t have $20??? Donate what you can. Have a lot of $20 bills??? Donate and leave the ground beef for us to sell to someone else. Live too far away??? Mail a check. I will ship the beef. I have the most loyal followers in the history of the meat business (???) and I’m using my “ask” for this family. Please.
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HERE IS HOW TO HELP
  • VF and TF are each putting 100 one pound packs of ground beef up for sale for $20 each available now. BN Ranch is adding in in 100 one pound packs of ground turkey available starting in a week.
  • 100% of this money will go to Alex and her kids.
  • You can make your purchase at the Victorian Farmstead new butcher shop newCommunity Market in Sebastopol. Or, starting February 8th, stop by any of our farmers markets (details on right hand side of  this website).
  • Note:
    • If you want to help and we are either sold out or you would like turkey, we will give you an IOU card for your $20 this weekend. All you have to do is ask for a “pound of ground for Alex”
    • You can also pay online and recieve an IOU via our PAYPAL

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