9th April 2015


If you’ve been part of the book blogging community for any length of time, you have no doubt had a visit from Sheila of Book Journey. Sheila is such an active blogger and is one of the few who actively comments on posts as well. She is, and I will repeat myself across Facebook, Twitter, and this post, just incredibly supportive and enthusiastic within this community.

This weekend, Sheila’s son was killed in a car accident. Her blog was full of her adventures with her son Justin, and he had just graduated from college a year ago. The love, respect, and sense of joy these two shared is phenomenal.

Several other bloggers and I wanted to do something for the woman we count as friend, even though we’ve never met. Sheila is intimately involved in her library, and Jenn from Literate Housewife got in touch with Brainerd Public Library to see how we could donate. We determined we could raise money to fund a bench on the library property in Justin’s name, in the hopes that it will come to be a place of comfort and contemplation for Sheila in the days ahead.

If you’d like to join us, please check out our gofundme: gofundme.com/supportforsheila. Any funds we raise above our limit will go to Brainerd Public Library as a general donation in Justin DeChantal’s name.

Thank you.

  • Lynne Moeller

    Thanks for posting this. I’m so glad they’re doing this. I donated to the fund. I am just heartbroken for her. I feel like I know her so well because she puts herself out there so completely and seems like such a beautiful person. Very, very sad.

  • iliana

    What sad news. Thank you so much for posting about the fund!