Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gofundme - interesting crowd sourcing web site I heard about today

The local radio morning show host brought this very interesting web site to my attention during today's show. is what's known as a "crowdsourcing" site, where folks like us can raise money for worthy causes or even for ourselves.

I haven't done a thorough study of GoFundMe, but I like the spirit of the site. It seems to be organized and designed as a way to help those who need help. That's why I founded The only difference is that you can personally solicit donations on GoFundMe, while I'm the one who funds you on my site.

Give it a look. You may find it to be another helpful tool if you are in need or know someone in need. Or perhaps, like me, you may even find a way to donate to someone else's need or cause.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sharing $200 With Alyssa From Virginia For Health Insurance Premiums

I received a letter recently from a woman in Virginia named Alyssa. The subject was timely and it caught my attention.

As many of you know, November is often the enrollment time for health insurance coverage with many employers in the United States. Alyssa's letter described her selecting coverage for her family and the significant expense this creates for her budget every year.

Well this year, I wanted to do something to help out. I have decided to send Alyssa and her family $200 to apply toward their insurance premiums that they pay out of their own pocket.

While this may not cover all of the expense or even most of it, I hope it makes things just a little more manageable for Alyssa.

And to everyone else who has contacted me this month -

I've been getting so many letters recently. I'm happy that I've been able to connect with so many of you. If I don't answer you personally, please don't think that I'm not interested or concerned for you. The emails come in, sometimes a dozen in a day, and I will respond to as many as I can. I may not write to you directly and I may not always post updates to the blog. But I will continue to do everything I can to help whomever I can.

Please continue to do your part too. If you can, help out a friend, neighbor or stranger today. You'll be glad you did.

See you soon.