This past week, I did something I’ve never attempted before…since until now I had no need to do it. Over at Ricochet.com, one of our most beloved members did a post about her unfortunate situation. She is elderly, and living alone. She lives in Montana, and we met her in 2017 at the big Montana meetup. Everyone just loved her, and she was the life of the party. Well, last week she was essentially cast out by her family.
Since this is the 21st Century, the obvious response was : Someone should set up a GoFundMe for her. Since no one else volunteered, the task fell to me. I had already done a post over at Ratburger, for the many Rico Refugees over there, so I had two big groups of “friends you haven’t met yet” as possible donors. She gave permission, and her post was copied over.
So last Saturday, I sat down at my trusty iMac, found the GoFundMe Web site, and initiated a campaign for her. I found the site pretty easy to use, and it only took me about 30 minutes to get the campaign set up. Then, I put up posts on both Ricochet and Ratburger, with links to the site, and an initial goal of $5,000. I had a pretty good idea that the members of both sites would give generously to help our friend, and I was right, big-time! Before the end of the day, we had reached the initial goal. I was just flabbergasted that it took so little time! That was helped by large donations from a couple of people, and many smaller donations.
The campaign is still open, with a new goal of $7,500. We are almost there, and I am leaving it open until we reach the new goal. When the initial posts got buried, I posted updates, and more donations came in.
I have always believed, since I was a psychology grad student, that giving to others not only benefits the recipient, but the donor. We humans are programmed to get a thrill from helping someone else, and this campaign proves it. My heart is just bursting with joy, at being able to succeed at a first effort to corral that many donors to reach a goal that would help someone we all know deserves it. I have this big grin on, whenever I see a new donation drop in! I get a text message on my new iPhone whenever a new donation is registered, and the site makes it easy to say “thank you”. I remembered a few years ago, when a Rico member who was wheelchair-bound needed a handicapped van to get around, and the Ricochet family pulled together, and funded it.
I learned that if I want to help someone, I can do it. I am glad that GoFundMe is there, and their people should be proud that they are able to help so many. Try it, you’ll like it, and you’ll benefit almost as much as the beneficiary does.