#Thankmas is an annual multi-platform digital fundraising event taking place December 12-20th created by Jacksepticeye and Real Good Touring to help bring some much-needed relief and joy to children and families facing hunger this holiday season. This digital fundraiser will bring together influencers, gamers, streamers, and the public across a range of platforms, including TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook. All funds raised from #Thankmas are directly donated to Red Nose Day USA, a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief US, a registered U.S. 501(c)(3).
I'm blogging about it not just to help raise awareness but to talk about something these streams invoke me: a desire.
The streamers in question not only inspire others to give generously, but they also do as well. Jack alone donated $200,000. (*Edit at 2:20pm Eastern. Jack is now going to smaller streamers and donating to their fundraisers so they hit their goals for #Thankmas.) The other week Game Theory raised over 3 MILLION dollars for St. Jude's with some people dropping giant donations.
The desire that invokes in me is not to have a large audience that they can tap into to raise ridiculous amounts of money, but to one day be able to drop large amounts myself.
It may be a bit selfish, but I love the feeling of knowing I helped someone. In the past, I've paid for someone's medicine, went grocery shopping so I could donate a cart full of food to The Salvation Army. Those left me feeling warm and fuzzy. I made someone's life easier.
I'd love to be able to do that to more people, to not be limited in how much I can donate to help others. (Those pesky bills, I tell ya.) And whenever I see these streams, I honestly day dream about that. Mind you, I'm not day dreaming of people patting me on the back. No, I'm thinking about the end page only I would see that confirms my donation.
It's kind of funny, as a self proclaimed anti-social introvert, I want to help people. I want to make them smile and forget their worries for a moment with my books. I'd like to help make their life a little easier. I want to do that for as many people as possible. Maybe one day. Until then, I'll do what I can, donate when I can afford, and spread the word about events like these.