I usually lurk on the Etsy forums for entertainment, but yesterday, I found this thread. I'm usually pretty in control of my emotions, being a nurse I kind of have to be, but I found myself sitting at my computer with tears in my eyes.
I have 2 boys and I don't know what I would do if anything happened to them. A few months ago my 1st grader announced that he wanted to start walking home from school. We only live 2 blocks away from the school but he would have to cross 2 streets without a crossing guard. There are a lot of college students around here who aren't exactly the most careful drivers (I can't tell you how many times I've almost hit one pulling out of the college apartments without looking or stopping) and my son would have to walk down that street. He finally begged me to let him try it just once and I did ~ but I drove to the school and followed him home. He did okay but hasn't walked home since.
There are a lot of shops that are donating to the Zachary Fund. A complete list can be found here. I am donating 50% of all sales from March 4th to March 9th. So far, I've donated $50.
**Update 3/14/09 ~ I have donated $75 so far and have decided to donate 50% of my sales next week (March 15th-March 21st) as well.