Today I found out about the Potato Salad Kickstarter. I know it's been in the news for a while, but somehow I missed it. In case you did too I'll bring you up to date: this guy, Zack, really likes potato salad around the holidays, but he's never made it before. He decided to try and raise $10 on Kickstarter to buy the supplies to make potato salad. He wrote a funny little bit about how if you give him a buck he'll say your name while he makes his potato salad. It struck a nerve and went viral out of control. As of right this minute (10:55 am central time) he's raised $69,802.
Holy shit, right?
So, good for him. Fine. I'm not irritated with Zack and his potato salad.
What I am irritated about is that at the same time people were giving Zack money, Heather over at My Husband Ate All My Ice Cream was trying to raise some money for school supplies for kids who couldn't afford them. It's really important to help these kids, because it affects their confidence which then affects their ability to learn. (We need smart kids, people. They'll take care of us someday. Potato salad won't.) I can't even imagine being in a position where I couldn't afford to buy my kids pencils and crayons before the school year starts. When she told me about her project I was positive that she was going to tell me that many moms and dads felt the same way I did and that surely her campaign was going well.
Guess how much money she raised?
Shit, Jen, this really sucks. How little did people donate to children who can't afford school supplies?
NONE. They gave her project NO MONEY.
(Well, now I just donated, so she's got one donor. Big whoop.)
|"Hmm, should I fund that potato salad guy or should I help needy kids? This is a tough one."|
No it's not. Go fund yourself.
It irks me that people are willing to give their money to stupid shit like a guy making a potato salad while there are projects and organizations out there with a real need. I'm not saying don't give the potato salad guy any money. If you want to give him a buck or two, fine. He was entertaining and it's fun to be a part of something big and silly like that, but then at least give a few dollars to kids in need as well. That's the great thing about the Kickstarter and GoFundMe projects, it doesn't take much to make something successful. I've had two good friends now achieve their dreams of publishing books thanks to the generosity of friends, family and strangers. It's amazing what can be done! I'm just saying that if we all gave a few bucks towards school supplies we could make a huge difference in so many children's lives and that's pretty cool too. The potato salad campaign has shown what can be done with so little from so many.
Crap. He just crossed 70 grand. That's it. I'm ready to start a Kickstarter to tie my shoes. I need $10 for new shoelaces and then each time I tie my shoes I'll say "Namaste, (insert the name of each donor here)." If I raise $20 I'll tap dance once my shoes are tied. If I raise $40 I'll videotape myself tap dancing and saying "Namaste, (insert the name of each donor here)." If I raise $80 I'll send you a note that says: "(Insert the name of each donor here), Stop wasting your fucking money and buy some school supplies for needy kids. Namaste."
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