if you’re interested, this person is trying to organize a food/meal drive for elementery school kids in Ferguson.
schools in Ferguson have been closed since Monday and that’s where a LOT of the kids in Ferguson get their food from, to explain how important this is.
Can I ask how/why a random white person on twitter from Raleigh N.C. is in a position to organize a food drive for a city 1000 miles away from her? Which she hasn’t done yet (this link is just to her twitter) ? And yet this has several thousand notes? And it seems to contain wrong information about schools being closed since St. Louis public schools doesn’t even open for another two weeks.
The St. Louis Food Bank would probably be a good place to contact if you were interested in figuring out ways to help though, I”m not from that area so it’s likely that people who know the community may be better informed about places to reach out to. Or better informed about whether this is a real pressing community need.
I MEAN, according to the Ferguson-Florissant School District Student calendar, the first day of school wasn’t even supposed to be until Thursday 8/14 anyway. They announced via their website yesterday that the first day of school will be pushed back to 8/18. So maybe I am being a party-pooper but I just find it somewhat dubious to have some vague, overgeneralized, incorrect information on a fundraiser page when it took me all of 30 seconds to “fact-check.” Like, probably this fundraiser person has good intentions, but WHO KNOWS, also it is very easy for something like this to get thousands of notes and thousands of dollars since it’s a quick feel-good thing for people to do if they feel like they can’t do much to help.
Anyway, I agree with Gales, contacting the St. Louis Food Bank and then donating to them directly, if they really are in need of extra donations right now, would probably be a better method of charitable giving in this case. Fundraiser lady said she’s “partnering with the St Louis Foodbank” anyway so why not cut out all the middle-people and just send a (tax-deductible) donation to the Food Bank directly? You can donate any amount, it is a legitimate organization and not just some person you’ve never met, so presumably there would be more ~accountability~ for what happens to the money? I dunno, I was trying to find stuff on Fundly about what measures are in place to ensure donations get spent on what they say they’re going to, and I couldn’t find much of anything. Fundly itself is a business anyway; they take a 4.9% “platform fee” and a 3% credit card processing fee, sooooo like, just sayin’.