If you just scroll through Daniella’s Facebook wall you can get a pretty good idea of what kind of person she was. It’s littered with comments from people who knew and loved Daniella so much. All of them reminding her how much she’s missed every single day. Scattered in between those posts from friends and family, are comments from people who didn’t know Daniella very well at all. Some she had never even met. Complete strangers telling her how she had somehow impacted their lives too.
Daniella was special. There was something about her that could never be explained in words. You have to have met her to understand. You have to have heard her laugh. It was contagious. (I was about to try to type it out, but it’s impossible.) And she laughed a lot. Which means you laughed a lot too. She loved to make other people feel good. She would spend hours hand writing these 5-page-long, double-sided letters, written out in alternating colors of the rainbow. They were perfectly crafted and hilariously entertaining. (She wrote me a letter once about this old man who liked to peel off his skin and hang it to dry. Like laundry. It was amazing.) Everything she did was amazing. She was just so awesome. She cared about people, and she loved dogs, and she was smart, way too smart, and funny and beautiful and a really incredible, admirable woman. And she left us way too soon.
Daniella’s birthday is coming up. On December 8th, she would have turned 19. We want to celebrate Daniella’s life and do something special on that day. It’ll give us a reason to celebrate, even if it’s for just a moment. So since Daniella was pretty much obsessed with reading and writing (her room was covered with books and journals), we’ve decided to build a library in Hebrew Academy. It was Daniella’s dream to one day own a library. This is our way of making that dream real.
We’re still working with the Hebrew Academy Community School to figure out exactly how much money we need in order to build it, but we had the idea and wanted to get it started as quickly as possible so we can make our first contribution on her birthday. This project will be ongoing (since it’s pretty ambitious) so we’ll keep you guys updated as we get more details. We understand that not everyone can contribute. If you can’t afford to make a monetary donation, you can still honor Daniella by sharing this page with your family and friends and helping us get the word out to as many people as possible. Remember, every little bit adds up. We really appreciate all the love and we thank you for honoring Daniella.
A song Daniella wrote (and performed on her echo-microphone) when she was 5-years-old:
I was picking bananas off the ground.
My brothers and sisters, running around.
They had fallen from a tree, it was just me,
picking bananas off the ground.
We love you so so so much. We miss you and will continue to miss you every single day for the rest of our lives. It hurts so bad that you’re gone. Remembering you, your smile, your laugh makes it just a little more tolerable.
This is one of the ways we’re remembering you. Hope you like it.
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