My wallet opens, too. I’m a sucker for Go Fund Me campaigns or other personal fundraising for those who have fallen on hard times. My gosh, there’s SO MUCH NEED out there. So much. And our social networks make that front and center on our social media feeds.
No question, I’ve been lucky and am in a position to pitch in when someone needs help. I’ve done everything from donate to someone who needed a furnace fixed so her kids wouldn’t freeze in the dead of winter to helping another get expensive testing for early Alzheimer’s that wasn’t covered. And more and more. There’s so much need out there that I wish I had F-U money and could help everyone.
I do what I can. Why wouldn’t I?
Yes, I know of at least one campaign that was a scam. I didn’t donate but others did. However, the tribe around that awful person got wise and began not only reporting her but publicizing the scam all over Facebook so others wouldn’t fall for it. So at times, these online fundraisers are self-regulated by the donating community.
Anything can be abused, including Go Fund Me but does that mean we don’t step up if we can?
I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a girlfriend some half a dozen years ago. I’d emptied my wallet and given cash to a young homeless man and his dog outside a CVS in a rather wealthy local community.
“What if he buys alcohol with it?” she asked.
“What if he doesn’t?” I responded.
I’d love your thoughts.