I don’t really use social media.
I don’t have a facebook page. I don’t have a twitter account. I don’t routinely contribute to reddit.
My only outlets for getting my opinion to other people are my voice (which I’m told can carry pretty well when I want it to..) my fetlife account, and this blog, which has attracted more readers than I ever thought possible.
So – I’m going to use what little bit of Internet clout that I have to push something. Forgive me if I offend.
My partner has a friend. This friend helped her out when she was in a terrible place in her life, and now she needs help herself.
I don’t know this person, and I’m not about to try to relate her story since I don’t know it, but she describes what happened pretty well in her GoFundMe page, so I invite you to read about it there – the link is at the end of this post.
I am extremely fortunate. I have all that I need and more. I am not wealthy and I probably never will be, but I firmly believe in sharing what I can with good people, and I think that this qualifies.
I am a father and a feminist and I try to be a good human being.
I donate to charity every year, and my contributions are usually even spaced and well tracked and I can feel good about the dollars that I give to the Red Cross, but that is structured charity and has tax implications and whatnot.. all of the confusing bullshit that gets dragged along with things when we collectively try to destroy graft.
But the true meaning of charity – the one that I really do still believe in, despite being an atheist now – is the one that came from early organized religions.. the sharing of what you have with those in need. No one should go hungry. No one should be homeless. No one should live in fear – of any of these things, or of anything else that can be prevented.
I don’t know Tass. We’ve never met. But she helped someone I love when she needed it most, and now she needs help too.
If you can spare anything, even just $5 or $10, I am sure that she would be grateful for the support, and so would I.
You can read all about her here: Keep Momma Tass & Baby LJ Safe