By Kevin Hunsperger
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Let me begin by saying that it's not my intent to pick on anyone who uses or donates to crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe or KickStarter. These sites are great ways for people in need to raise money for whatever they deem necessary. It's up to the public to decide if they want to help. But recent campaigns have made me want to share "My 1-2-3 Cents" on why I feel disheartened by the sites.
Photo courtesy: WWE
|Ayden Bell & Sheamsu|
Again, I'm not judging people for making the donations they do, but I think it's sad that a boy fighting for his life can't get the same level of support as a man who wanted to make a bowl of potato salad. I have donated to crowdfunding sites in the past, including one for WWE legend Kamala. The wrestler lost both of his legs due to high blood pressure and diabetes. The money I donated went to help pay for the publishing of his book "Kamala Speaks." I got a "reward" of a t-shirt, but I also made the pledge because by getting that book on store shelves, Kamala would be able to get an income since he can no longer wrestle. Others may find that a silly reason to give.
It's a free country. We can give to whom we deem worthy of our hard earned money. I just hope that after reading this, people will use crowdfunding sites for legitimate purposes and not the latest "get rich quick" scheme. And for those who donate, consider giving to a family or a cause in need in your community.