Sometimes I NEED things explained to me in a very simple way because – I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND our society! I saw people donate like crazy for Karen the bullied bus monitor to have a “vacation” with the end result netting her OVER $700,000! I saw people in LONG lines to PROVE their Christian faith and that marriage should only be between one man and one woman – buying a Chick-fil-a sandwich was that PROOF! Record sales were posted for Chick-fil-a that day. But I see so many MORE people with bigger issues and NEEDs who society should reach out to help, but yet these people go unnoticed and/or even ignored.
Here is where I begin my pitch – Josh Rivers of Phoenix is a young man that was paralyzed in a random shooting. He is trying to raise money for a Bioness L300 Plus that can help in his recovery and could help him walk again. Josh has a fundraiser posted on indiegogo.com (http://www.indiegogo.com/help-josh-walk?c=home&a=991653) where anyone can donate to help raise money. I was inspired by his video and even though I have very little money, I did donate what I could!
I actually saw the link for the fundraiser on Lance Bass’ facebook and when I posted on over 21 celebrities Twitter, only Lance Bass (former ‘NSYNC band member and Mississippi I Am star and Producer & a fellow former Mississippi resident like me) retweeted my post! So, I feel it is only fair to acknowledge Lance Bass for bringing this cause to my attention and doing something to help – simply posting on facebook or retweeting the link exposes even more people to the opportunity to help!
Trying to learn more about Josh and wanting to do more to help him, I noticed something that pleasantly surprised me! There is also a fundraiser planned to help Josh on September 9, 2012 (https://www.facebook.com/events/182914775175906/) that is hosted by the gay community of Scottsdale, AZ (Phoenix area)! It is not a church or religious organization reaching out to help… but GAY people – one being Morgan McMichaels from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2. I do not know and frankly do not even care if Josh is gay or not (nor should you), but I do see who is making an effort to help and who is NOT! I am no theologian, but I seem to remember Jesus Christ actually helping the lame to walk, healing the sick, and helping others. I would LOVE to see Mike Huckabee embrace this cause! The gay community and Christians may never agree as to what the Bible or Christ really says about homosexuality, but one thing I would think Christians should KNOW is the example Christ set HELPING others.
I am challenging BOTH the gay community and Christians to do what our communities do best – help others! I was HURT by the Chick-fil-a episode and even lost friends who felt their having a chicken sandwich is more important than MY having the same rights they have. But I will feel so much better to see our 2 communities working together instead of fighting! Gays can make the donation in honor of gay friendly businesses and Christians can donate in the name of Chick-fil-a! I would hate for it to be a competition but in the end, if Josh gets the money he needs – WE ALL would be winners!
The effort to raise $5,000 for Karen (the bullied bus monitor) to have a vacation ended in a whopping $700,000.00! I hope Josh’s effort pays off with a similar result. What if he raises more than the $7,000.00 goal? Good for him to have EXTRA money to make his life more comfortable and to offer him more opportunities in life! Now… a simple way society can help me understand there is good in ALL of us is for us ALL to DO GOOD!
The PayPal is a donate button for me… please do not confuse donating to me with donating to Josh (link in article)! But I live with Multiple Sclerosis and have my own life challenges… the idea of donating here is to encourage my writing ( so far $0 have been donated to me!! LOL)