I don’t know the town of Joplin, Missouri.
I’ve never been there. I don’t know anyone living there.
I don’t know what it looked like before the tornado that hit on May 22nd 2011, nor what it looks like now. Sure, I can look up some pictures, but it’s still an ocean away.
But when I found out that sending in one of my blog posts could help the people in Joplin, I put my trust into charity and applied.
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How do I know the money raised by this great initiative will effectively end up in the hands of the people who need it most?
I just trust the Heart of Missouri United Way charity. I have faith in Lance and Tess. And I trust the secure website in handling my payment correctly.
Just as with the Love Drop initiative, I like helping people out at a distance. But it does require a kind of blind faith in the internet, care organizations and, most of all, other people.
Transparency is still a necessity, but it only goes so far.
Do you trust charities and donating online?
If so, please donate and get the ebook with one of my previous IdentiTales and many more stories. You can give whatever you want – every little helps.
Just look at the pictures of the devastation the Joplin tornado caused and ask yourself: what have I got to lose?