Did you know that people were 'cr*wd funding' even hundreds of years? People would take out spots in the newspaper and ask for money for widows, or other people in need. Cr*wd funding is NOT new, we simply have new platforms to do it on.
Yeah, it's pretty fucked up that people NEED to rely on the goodness of neighbors to scrape by. I wish we had a government/society that gave people the support they need, and everybody HAD their needs met, and nobody was forced to ask for help.
I remember when we moved into govt housing when I was a tween/young teen. We had nothing, literally nothing, outside of maybe a single box of personal items each. All of our furniture was donated to us. We had tgiving dinner around a coffee table with donated food.
But, here's what's really fucked up about the whole situation: My mother got a job, and then reported her measly income to both the housing office and the food stamp office, and the rent went up TREMENDOUSLY and our benefits dropped.
In the govt housing, most of the families were single mothers. Do you know how they got out of govt housing? They got married. That's what my mom did. Because, you were never able to actually get ahead, because as soon as you got any additional money, they changed things.
Getting support is NOT easy. It takes a lot of work which is hard when you're actually working, or looking for work, and you're trying to support a family, and many people in need are also disabled in a variety of ways, so it is HARD.
I say thank goodness for cr*wd funding. Thank goodness for the connection technology has given us. Until the day we reshape our society into one that supports people and gives them a foundation, I will always support giving to others in need.

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