This is a new-ish trend, brought about by the success of Kickstarter and other fundraisers on sites like Go Fund Me or Indiegogo. Those sites have had their share of criticism when popular, but perhaps frivolous, campaigns raise well over $1 million when other, less flashy campaigns struggle to reach their limits and serve a more serious purpose (like, say, a campaign to raise funds for teachers to buy school supplies).
That said, nothing comes close to parents using these platforms to raise funds to help them have or adopt a baby. The concept has some moral implications that raise the question, “What about this feels so…wrong?” It’s one of those occasions that the definition of “overshare” is relatively broad, because charity can apply to so many things. More
I have an 8-year-old daughter who has older brothers. My daughter likes gaming. Her older brothers encourage her and play with her, and my first issue with this whole thing is that if you have a young daughter who is being bullied in her own house and told by her big brothers that she is incapable of doing something because of her gender, as your mom it is YOUR job to shut that shit down, not take it to Kickstarter to raise money to send your daughter to gamer camp when you clearly don’t need the money. More
They waited some more. They watched images of Rihanna projected on a giant screen and listened to her DJ spin songs. They waited some more. And then they all turned into blood thirsty savages and cannibalized each other because they were sick of waiting, the end. More
Were you guys all aware that Tim Mcgraw is an amazingly generous person? No? Me neither. But the country legend is suddenly one of my very favorite people on the planet. In fact, when I grow up, I want to be like him. I want to be rich like him, so that I can give away homes to military families as well. More
Children who were present inside the school when gunman Adam LanzaÂ went on his mass shooting spree have recorded a cover of “Over The Rainbow” with proceeds to benefitÂ Newtown Youth Academy, a local nonprofit, and to the United Way of Western Connecticut. The 20 kids, ages six through nine, were invited to Talking Head’s Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz‘s Connecticut home, where they recorded the track which will be sold on iTunes. More
The crime was unthinkable for some many parents. The idea that you could entrust your children to be cared for by someone who would take their lives in such a brutal, horrific way. I’m not sure how any parents can move on after losing a child, much less children. I’m pretty positive it is the most difficult thing on earth.Â Marina and Kevin Krim have taken to the Internet to talk about the healing that has taken place since their awful tragedy and how their surviving daughter Nessie is helping them heal. More
Before your children open every single thing under the tree, go grab two unopened presents and put them on top of your refrigerator. Or in your closet. Or on the mantle. Got it? Good. Carry on and enjoy the festivities. Open the gifts. Have some lovely breakfast. Have a mimosa. Or two.
When so many of us are still so sad after the Sandy Hook killings left 27 dead, it is so amazingly heart-warming to read about all of the good samaritans who are trying to help the community any way they can. People all over the world mourn for this community. When the world is getting ready to celebrate Christmas, we are one with the people who have their holidays cloaked in sadness because of all of the lives lost. More
We need to know that in our darkest times, when things like Hurricane Sandy happen, when Sandy Hook happens, when it seems there is no light or hope and that there is nothing good left in the world, that there is. It just goes without a face, and it goes with no membership fees, and it goes a lot of the time with no recognition. You can’t join Anonymous. But all of us are Anonymous. More
I love how people everywhere are coming up with ways to help the Newtown community and show their love and support to these people who have lost so much More
Mommyish has given you plenty of ideas for amazing gifts. We’ve covered everyone from girly girls to tom boys, new moms to new babies. But plenty of families like to use this generous time of year to do more than give baby dolls or books. Lots of us like to feel the holiday spirit by donating to a deserving charity. More
I’m not trying to piss off responsible dog breeders out there, and most of these people would agree with me on this subject. More
There is a really touching tale going around about Brad Pitt donating money to help sick babies. While it’s awesome, I don’t understand why everyone is acting so surprised. Of course Brad Pitt helps babies. He’s beautiful and a caring dad and talented and he fights for marriage equality and he helps babies. This makes plenty of sense, guys. More
Marc Anthony is doing really wonderful work to help needy children. I don’t want to take away from that. But did he really have to name his charitable foundation, “The Maestro Cares”? Am I the only one who finds that to be pushing it, just a little? More