Introducing…Bloggers without Borders (and a giveaway)

My parents raised me to give generously of my time, my abundance, my life; yet it’s all too easy to get caught up in the Busy. There are many instances when I have longed to do more, be more. But how to do so from my own home, my little corner of things?

I can’t abandon my own family to go volunteer in a famine-stricken country. I am not a political figure, nor am I independently wealthy. I am just a mom, doing what I can for those close to me. And so, I continue to write my food blog, encourage others to give their kids a nourishing breakfast, support their partner in the kitchen, and cook from scratch, among other topics.

Writing Simple Bites is incredibly rewarding, but for some time I have wanted to do more, to touch others, to do good. It is with a full heart that I am blessed beyond belief to share with you today about Bloggers without Borders.

Bloggers without Borders: A Beginning

After months of dreaming, weeks of planning, days of coordinating, and hours upon hours of work, the vision of a non-profit organization for bloggers, by bloggers has become a reality for Bloggers without Borders founders, Maggy Keet and Erika Pineda-Ghanny.

It is an honor to be working with friends and fellow bloggers Maggy and Erika in their endeavors to harness the goodwill of the blogging community for charity. You’ll see the words ‘Social Media Manager’ next to my photo on the About Us page, which I think means –I’m chatty, I guess!

We’re incredibly proud of the beautiful website, with its awesome header and logo designed by the big-hearted Irvin of Eat the Love. Maggy has written an amazing description of What We Do, so if you’re a little fuzzy on exactly what Bloggers wtihout Borders is all about, be sure to read her manifesto.

Erika, Maggy and I at Big Summer Potluck in July.

The First BwoB Project: A Fund for Jennie

You are already familiar with the recipient of our first project, Jennie. In ‘A Pie for Mikey’ I shared about our friendship, her recent loss, and the food bloggers who showed their love by making peanut butter pies. You all listened and responded so beautifully.

Well, now we’re taking another, more practical step and are on a mission to create a fund for Jennifer Perillo and her two girls, ages 3 and 8, providing them with financial support during this difficult time.

The project is spearheaded by Shauna of Gluten Free Girl, under the umbrella of Bloggers without Borders. You can read the project summary for details on Jennie’s needs and our goals for this fundraiser.

Donate to Bloggers Without Borders

What You Can Do

I know you want to come alongside me with BwoB and Jennie’s fund. Like I shared above, we’re all looking for ways to reach out to others and bless them. This time, it just so happens to be a friend of mine who is in need. How perfect.

There are many ways you can help.

1. ‘Like’ our Bloggers without Borders Facebook page and suggest it to ten friends!

2. Donate! You can click on the BWOB button above to make a PayPal donation. 100% of proceeds will go to Jennifer Perillo.

3. Add the BwoB badge to your sidebar. In good faith that you will do this, here is the code:

<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”” border=”0″ name=”submit” alt=”Donate to Bloggers Without Borders” width=”300″></a>

Thank you!

4. You can also participate in this very special fundraiser giveaway from Le Creuset…

Le Creuset Giveaway Fundraiser

** This giveaway is now closed** Check my weekend link love on Sunday for the winner!

We’ve got another giveaway! And this one is also extra special.


Today’s giveaway and BwoB fundraiser is supplied by Le Creuset and will benefit A Fund for Jennie.

One winner will receive a Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 8-Piece Cookware Set valued at $450. The set includes:

  • 8″ nonstick omelette pan
  • 9 1/2″ fry pan
  • 2 QT. saucepan with lid
  • 3 QT. saucepan with lid
  • 7 1/2 QT. stockpot with lid

This incredible set could be yours!

To Enter the Fundraiser Giveaway:

~ Commenters must please make a donation to Bloggers without Borders.
~ Donation is required to be a minimum of $5.
~ Donations may be made by clicking the button above to be directed to the PayPal account.
~ After donating, readers need to return to this post and leave a comment saying they have donated.

That’s it! Good luck to all.

Giveaway ends Friday, September 2 at 10:30 PM.

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Such a fantastic organization. Congratulations on the launch!

  2. I donated!

  3. These fundraiser giveaway is exactly what I need 🙂

  4. i also donated to A Fund for Jennie. what an excellent cause!

  5. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says

    I donated specifically for your giveaway 🙂 I have a separate bid on an auction too. *looks sheepishly at her husband and bank account*

  6. Awesome! I just donated – what a great organization!!!

  7. Such a great cause and giveaway. I have made my donation. Thanks so much for doing this.

  8. I found out about such an amazing cause and fantastic organization a few days ago via David Leite and right away donated. I love seeing how all of us foodies join in to help such as wonderful cause. I know this sounds bizarre perhaps, but… I am only interested in participating in your giveaway in the eventuality I win and can then ask to add the 8-piece collection to the auction.

  9. Such a fabulous organization! I’m so happy for Jennie that everyone is coming together to help like this. It’s amazing what this little food blogging world can do.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway too! I donated. 🙂

  10. I’ve made a donation for Jennie and her girls. I hope many, many more people will do the same. Seeing how people are supporting her makes me so proud to be part of this wonderful community of generous bloggers.

  11. What a fantastic way to promote the fundraiser! I made a donation and I have the badge on my page. All my best to Jennie and her girls.

  12. I donated – and I am so proud to be a part of this community. I also hope to donate more once my paycheck hits my account!

    The generosity is overflowing. You are all amazing.

  13. Great idea! I donated!

  14. What a wonderful giveaway for a wonderful cause. I have this set and it’s fantastic – everyone should enter!

  15. Donated! Awesome Idea!!

  16. I have donated twice and will donate again. This cause is very very dear to me as well. We are nothing if we cannot help another.

  17. This is amazing how our community has come together, and am so proud to be a part of this. I’ve donated and am brewing up (not literally) an auction for #afundforjennie!

  18. I’ve donated. My heart aches for Jennie’s loss.

  19. Sarah Campanile says

    I donated. Thank you for doing what you’re doing.. my heart goes out to Jennie and her girls.

  20. I donated, and I think the blogging community is wonderful for doing this.

  21. Renae Lynn says

    Ever since Shauna shared the sad news I’ve been wondering what I could do to help. I have donated. The community here is absolutely amazing.

  22. thank you for creating this opportunity to help out jennie and her family. it is great to be able to do something tangible to help make life maybe even a little bit easier.


  23. oh, and to be clear: i have donated! 😉

  24. I found your space today via Local Kitchen. Glad I stopped by!
    I donated too. Glad to do so… :0)

  25. Gillian Schweighardt says

    A wonderful idea! I donated

  26. Have been meaning to donate and this giveaway pushed me over the edge!

  27. What a great idea! I donated!

  28. I think this is so awesome. I’m really excited about getting involved now and in the future:-).

  29. I donated! Great idea 🙂 Happy to help!

  30. I am auctioning off a hand knitted blanket. It is at 200.00 right now.

  31. I donated! Great idea for helping Jennie!

  32. Donated and donating this prize if I win. xxoo you guys!

  33. I donated. And now Sara Kate makes me feel selfish for wanting to keep the pans for myself… maybe just one? 🙂

  34. Jenny Nicolicchia says

    Just donated for Jennie. My prayers and heart go out to her and her girls. Thank you for organizing this.

  35. Rene Baker says

    I donated!

  36. It is wonderful that the blogging community has rallied around Jennie and her girls. God bless you all. My donation is made.

  37. My daughter was eleven when she passed away. She leaves a legacy of giving. She was known to yell to stop the car if she saw someone collecting money for something. We’d turn around and go back so she could donate a dollar.

    Olivia’s belief was that if everyone who was asked to donate chipped in ONE DOLLAR instead of the answer we so often hear “I can’t afford it”, that collectively huge change could happen. One dollar. Everyone has one dollar, right? That’s what she’s known for.

    After her passing, she was written up in The Detroit News for her giving ways.

    Anyhow, I’m now on disability and don’t have much. But to help out Jennie’s family and to honor Olivia’s legacy, I donated the minimum suggested for Jennie – plus one dollar for Olivia.

  38. I donated.

  39. Donation made last week and several bids out for auctions. Thank you for spreading this generosity around. I will pay it forward.

  40. Awesome organization! I donated.

  41. It is a heartfelt privilege to donate- so I donated.

  42. I donated. It’s so nice to see everyone come together to show their love and support for Jennie and her girls.

  43. BWOB is a fantastic organization. It is amazing to see how the community comes together.

    And yes, I have donated.

  44. I donated. Thanks for carrying the torch.

  45. We donated! Hurray for this! Thanks for sharing!


  46. I donated, and it so nice of you to host this giveaway.

  47. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    I donated (note: it is my husband’s PayPal account: Ken_vandy)
    @Lexiquin follows on Twitter
    I was touched by the many loving tributes I saw last week when so many made “A Pie for Mikey” I’m sad for Jennie’s loss, but glad that she is surrounded by such a wonderful and supportive group of bloggers.

  48. I donated. It’s been just incredible watching all of this unfold and expand so quickly. You are doing a truly wonderful thing.