Personal Post: Kinda Taking a Hiatus to Help My Community

Hi, there! I feel like I owe you an apology. I've put the blog aside these past couple of weeks to focus on my community efforts in New York City. You see, I don't live too far from the East Village Explosion that occurred last week. Thanks be to God my friends and family are safe, but a parishioner from my church lost her home. church of the nativity east village fire displaced victims

 

Mildred Guy lived in her East 7th Street apartment for 46 years. Her son, Branden, created a GoFundMe page to raise $46,000 - one-thousand dollars for every year his mother lived at the apartment.

The day of the collapse, Mildred was at work and let her son know she was safe. But when Branden couldn't get a hold of her again later that afternoon, he sent a childhood friend to the neighborhood. Branden's friend found Mildred in the chapel at the Church of the Nativity, a place many parishioners consider their second home.

New York News After the accident, a group of parishioners and me decided to organize a clothing drive for the displaced victims. Thanks to social media and local news stations, the word got out and we received way more than expected. As you may recall from a prior post and perhaps my recent tweets, my local church is also on the Archdiocese's list for closure but we are fighting to keep it open. The night before the explosion, Wednesday March 25, we held a rally outside of the church after a Town Hall meeting with a representative from the Archdiocese of New York. Parishioners shouted "Keep Nativity Open," and "Save Our Church."  Click photo below to see the NY1 interview.cardinal dolan church closings openings   I thank you for your patience. If you don't see me on the blog, you can find me on television sharing my beauty tips, or  talking about saving Nativity and assisting displaced victims from the East Village fire with donations.

I'll try to update more on-the-go, real life beauty or style tips on Twitter and Instagram @BeChicMag while I focus on these other priorities for the next couple of weeks.

I love BeChicMag.com and my readers! Hope you accept my apology for being a little MIA, and I hope you understand.

For updates on my church's fight for survival and our efforts with the displaced victims of the East Village fire, follow Nativity on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

And to donate to Mildred Guy, visit her GoFundMe page.

With love,

Mercedes