What a whirlwind of awesome. The positivity is shooting out of my computer like unicorn rays (they are rainbow colored if you’re wondering). I never ever expected the amount of generosity and kindness to explode the way it has. When I wrote the original WANA post, I remember thinking I hope I hope a few people offer to help or we really are going to look like assholes. And then like everyone in the world offered to help everyone else in the world. And just like everyone else, I cried. I read through every.single.comment. And cried.
There are mothers without cribs for their babies, who now have them. There are pregnant women without clothes for their newborns who now have them. People are getting grocery store gift cards. People are going out to personally shop for other family’s children. Kids are getting lego tables, books, bikes, diapers…and it goes on and on. And these are kids who would have no Christmas otherwise. And some, nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep. It’s beyond heartbreaking. And I 100% believe that we all want to help, we just don’t know the best way how. And to me, this felt right.
Well before WANA, I’ve seen women coming together in the comments to help each other breastfeed their baby or offer support with pp depression or just tell another random commenter how funny they are. These are real human interactions based on a blog about poop and pee. And that’s why this works. It’s just people helping other people. But with the reward of the one on one interaction. And that IS a huge reward. It’s just nice to know exactly how you are helping a family with no middle man. Just you and the person who needs help, helping. Simple and awesome.
That’s the reason I don’t want to do a donate button or a paypal button. The beauty in this is the personal help. I think it makes us all happier. Yesterday I was dealing with bloody nipples and mall shoppers (i.e. the real crazies out there) and I could not be more smiley. Hopefully you guys feel the same way.
So now what? We obviously can’t just let this die. My amazing web designer Hibiscus Creative, donated her time to create a forum for us that is so much more user friendly. You have the ability to post a need and see how many people have responded, right away. This will exist on the MODG blog forever. And I won’t just let it sit there. We will check in and highlight needs and highlight special givers. See the icon in the sidebar to your right.
And we will also get back to business around here. My life has been turned upside down in a matter of 1 week and I’m dying to tell the internet about it. We’ll get there.
You guys are really amazing. You did all of this. I just gave you the opportunity.
SUPER CHRISTMAS SPIRIT MODG.
(fyi she looks like this…)
You should not need to register for the forum. You should just be able to plug in your email address and post.