|No such thing as a small change|
This isn't about Perl; it's about the community.
Early last week, I wrote in CB about a tremendously disturbing event that took place with my family.
In response, several Monks reached out to offer condolences and offers of help.
In my near absence from here since then, a bunch of Monks got together, and 1nickt reached out a few times to say that a group of Monks wanted to do something. Initially, I was advised that the offer could be in the form of finance for travel etc. After I carefully deliberated this kind gesture and discussed with my wife, I decided that I wouldn't feel comfortable taking any funds directly, so I let Nick know that it would be preferred to send flowers or donate to a charity instead.
I was advised by Nick that a beautiful arrangement had been sent on behalf of the Monks, and any left over funds plus any more funds that may trickle in would be donated to some form of preventing violence charity. I advised Nick that I was too busy to deal with it, so I asked if he'd spearhead the decision of which one.
I want to express my (and my wife's) deepest gratitude for such an overwhelmingly kind gesture by everyone involved; those who provided funding, as well as those who reached out to offer emotional support. I'd like to thank Nick directly as well for taking the time to organize everything he did.
This goes to show that this is a great place of caring, not just another forum to get help with questions.
Perlmonks is the only group I let in on what had happened, as it's the only online forum where I feel so comfortable, and people here came through with flying colours... the manner was absolutely unexpected; stunning actually.
Thank you very much everyone, it's kind of hard to put into words, so instead, I'll just try to get back into the groove and give back the best way I can; by continuing to help those who need it here.