I believe that people should come together in a time of need, communities should help out individuals who have fallen on hard times, and that the only reason you should look at your neighbours plate is to see if they have enough. (Thanks Louis. C.K.)
Which is why I love crowdfunding. The idea that I can donate 5, 25, or even 100 dollars to someone in need is made so accessible by the internet, and has become very popular in the last few years.
But when I say we should help out people who have fallen on hard times, I don’t mean give money to a young man in Atlanta who wants to buy his girlfriend a $15,000 engagement ring.
You read that right, 30 year old William Oliver is using the website ‘Go Fund Me’ to raise money for an engagement ring, let me reiterate, a $15,000 engagement ring.
“I’ve decided to get some help by making this a trending approach. This will raise awareness about the difference between the love we share and the love people have for us. Money for the engagement is your chance to get involved. I’ve heard everything from ‘I Love Yall’ to ‘You need to put a Ring On It’ etc etc.”
That’s wonderful, Will, but if you don’t have the dough, maybe you should get a cracker jack box ring instead.
The post has been shared quite a few times, but unfortunately for him, the donations have not sky rocketed like he probably hoped, the running total is $609.
Personally, I have donated to friends parents who have fallen ill and need to pay for medical expenses, or campaigns to rebuild an old town hall. (Okay I made that one up, but I would if the situation arose.)
But this, I can’t get behind. Thoughts?