Twitter certainly has sustained its fair share of ridicule and scorn; viewed by some as the black hole of the internet, a gravitation time suck from which no one gets out alive.
Sure, Twitter eats up tons of your life: jumping into #Chats, responding to @s, figuring out threads, following -> unfollowing -> following again … yeah, you know it. Twitter has its share of self-promoting windbags proselytizing their expert guru-ness in [insert subject here] and boatloads of useless spam.
Twitter also offers considerable value through the many intelligent, insightful people who generously contribute and share useful and actionable knowledge and information. There is also enormous capacity to Do Good.
Last week, through Jessica Northey‘s Sundays Best tweet, I was introduced to Children of Fallen Soldiers, a charity that was founded in 2003 to provide College Grants to one or two children who had lost a parent to the Middle East conflicts. The College Grant program continues to expand as the needs of military families change and overseas conflicts continue. The program now includes families who have lost a loved one or care for injured or severely disabled veterans.
Safe and healthy, we take much for granted in our daily lives. The most trying situations for many people (I’m one of these fortunate people) are traffic jams, long lineups, and internet outages. It’s not like this for many military families. What we take for granted as general daily chores can be almost insurmountable hurdles to these families.
Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund reaches out in so many ways to help military families during times of hardship. From assisting families and children meet basic necessities and helping severely disabled veterans avoid homelessness, their tireless efforts provide welcome respite and much needed support.
Freedom comes with a heavy price tag for soldiers and their families alike. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit their fund-raising page and, if you’re able, to support their efforts.
*I am championing this charity on click2cause.com. In the interests of full disclosure, I am also one of the owners of this site. Since I am the champion of this cause, 100% of all donations will go directly to The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.