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Editorial Exchange: Need Indeed (Amherst News Citizen-Record)

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Need Indeed (Amherst News Citizen-Record)

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Editorial Exchange: Amherst News

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An editorial from the Amherst News Citizen-Record, published May 9:

Need indeed

If you ever want a humbling moment of "there but for the grace of God go I" -- or any similar sentiment -- take a spin through your local GoFundMe campaigns.

GoFundMe is a business that runs campaigns for those in serious need who want to crowd-source funds. The operation is financed by fees deducted from individual donations.

It's simple enough to see what's going on around you: go to the website, and search your town or city. Usually, the campaigns come at you through social media -- a friend, or a friend of a friend forwards you a link, and you decide whether you want to help fund the campaign.

But you can also see the people who need help and have few options right in your neighbourhood. And it's a good lesson in just how lucky you are.

You, for example, might not be trying to raise money to help someone cover thousands of dollars of damage from the Thanksgiving Day flooding in Sydney, N.S. You may not completely enjoy your current lot in life, but you probably don't have a 13-year-old who has to travel back and forth from Sydney to Halifax for treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma with all the associated costs and worries involved, or have to face the loss of your home and possessions in a house fire.

You might have had an awful weekend in Charlottetown, P. …

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