So far I have a PO box address for Whippy, and nothing more. I may yet be able to get a residential address or a funeral home address to send gifts or condolences to, but I don't want to put off discussions on what we might do with that info any longer.
My idea was that I would go out and buy a card, and anybody from the community and extended community ( CoT and TTBers are
invited ) could "sign" the card. This is meant as a show of our sympathy to the Rasco family
, not something we will send just to Whippy, so I think we should keep it to just signatures of our actual names, and if we include screen-names then it better be in a very understated way.
How we will organize it, I thought, is for people to either scan or take a digital picture of their signature on a white piece of paper, and then I will layout those images to print either directly on the card, or on an insert into the card. If you don't have access to a scanner or camera, then we can either just type in your name, or you might try "signing" into MS-Paint.
The other thing we would probably like to do if we can get an address to send to, is to send a bouquet to the funeral home, or a gift basket to the family's home. I have mixed feelings about the gift basket idea, but I've been told it is an acceptable gesture and my mother, in fact, told me once how grateful she was for having a gift basket of foods at the house after my niece died. In a state of grief like this, it can be a chore just to remember to eat, let alone do grocrery shopping or meal preparation. So having some simple food around the house to munch on can be a good thing.
A challenge with the gift idea is collecting money for it. I have a paypal account, but it is not a "premium account", so it cannot accept credit-card payments.
So, if you are serious in participating in this community gesture, then post your feedback in this thread, and then when we've settled on the Who, What, and How I will send around another thread to actually go through with it.