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Amazing help for family in crisis
Families experiencing huge difficulties are discovering generous support online.

One phone call, email or meeting can potentially destroy a family. Many parents live on a very close budget and don’t have the means to dig themselves out of an unexpected financial hole. It means that when something big happens, people like Tracey and Steve have to get creative with their survival techniques. Many are turning to their online communities for help, often with heart-warming results.

Tracey and Steve were mortified to hear that their healthy three-year-old daughter suddenly needed to have major surgery. Her recovery is projected to take several months, and she’ll be in a half-body cast for three months, too. Her parents have managed to work out a schedule of reduced working hours, but that’s put them in a perilous situation financially.

Fundraising with dignity

Doctor’s bills, unpaid leave and many more costs are presenting a massive challenge, but they’re creative people, so they have decided to reach out via social media and create a funding website for help.

Here’s theirs: Help Kiera

There are quite a few website options available where users can create a funding project. These are used to raise funds for anything from holidays to funerals, and they’re easily set up. Just last month, a US man managed to raise $US100k in two weeks for funds to support medical treatment: Baby meme helps dad

For parents with chronically ill children, these sites offer a unique fundraising opportunity for them to reach out to their friends and family online. Donations may be given completely anonymously, so helping someone out needn’t embarrass them.

Take a look at these South African projects as examples of what a fundraising site can offer:

GoGetFunding: South Africa

The site, coupled with the huge potential for exposure on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter provides an opportunity to reach way more people than the creator’s own community. Tragic events and stressful situations are often shared on social media, but, apart from offering a meaningless virtual hug, it’s difficult to offer practical support. Now you can show your support in just a few clicks.

Fundraising sites are one of the best ways available for avoiding “slacktivism” and getting involved.

If you know of a family in need or experiencing difficulties, why not tell them about this dignified way of reaching out to online communities for help.

Would you ever use a fundraising website?

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