Spin Off: Fundraiser After Cruel Letter

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

@AB Bride:  im wondering why donating money is necessary to show support. It would be one thing if they were suggesting a donation to an autism research foundation or something or maybe setting up a scholarship fund or something that wasn’t for personal benefit. I hate to be so cold about it but it just rubs me the wrong way.

I found that letter truly disgusting, for the record. But here’s a thought (and proof I have no faith in people) what if they themselves planted the letter and leaked it and now are looking to get donations? what if that was the plan all along?  I think leaking the letter and raising awareness should have been enough. Whenever people start collecting money like this it makes me skeptical of their intentions…

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m curious why they’re raising money. We get free healthcare here.. unless I’m missing something!

The letter was just awful, I wonder who would write such a thing. Like that says a lot about the person who wrote it.

Edit – Oops I missed how it said for a vacation. I dunno, even still, I would probably donate to something that is more important than a holiday. I don’t want to sound cold, but to give a family a holiday is a nice gesture but hardly pressing in the grand scheme of the world…

Post # 9
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6407 posts
Bee Keeper

This may seem heartless but it isn’t. Autism is a serious issue and very difficult for any family.

We are all told mean things in life, be they written or verbal. The only people who read this letter don’t have autism.

There is nothing very special about this family, except that they took their letter to the media. Why give them donations?

I guarantee many much poorer families with autistic children are struggling in oblivion right now. Not complaining every time they are faced with a cruel remark, you don’t hear about them. Wouldn’t it make more sense to donate to a charity that supports many low income families with autistic children?

Sorry, the idea of donating to this family really peeves me.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@stardustintheeyes:  I agree. I understand donating for research, etc., but I don’t think it conveys the best message if people just start donating $$$ for a vacation for the wronged family. If anything, it could only encourage copycat schemes where others plant things to make themselves look “wronged” in hopes of getting donations. Just being realistic… I guess.

Post # 11
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2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I have friends and family with autistic children, and this fundraiser rubs me the wrong way as well.   $20k for a vacation?  Hmmm…

Post # 13
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6407 posts
Bee Keeper

Actually, now I’m starting to wonder if the letter is a fake. It was a weird letter as well, hard to imagine who might write such a thing in seriousness.

It really doesn’t seem right to me that they are asking for donations. It feels off, like we’re being pranked. At best, it seems greedy.

Post # 14
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1987 posts
Buzzing bee

@stardustintheeyes:  +1000

I have been suspicious about this since the beginning. I was afraid to say so for fear of being bashed, but now I’m more convinced than ever that things may not be quite what they seem. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

@AB Bride:  

@MrsNewDay:  

@joya_aspera:  

Im glad I didn’t come off like a cold hearted jerk lol I won’t be donating. I would have donated to a charity or research fund or something. But not for a vacation. Im sorry this happened and all but paying for a vacation for the family isn’t going to do much in the grand scheme of things. I have been wronged in many ways throughout my life, people suck sometimes, but I didn’t get a free vacation out of it as proof that not everyone sucks. Shame on them for taking such a terrible situation and trying to milk it, and if it’s not stemming from them, shame on whoever thought this was an appropriate next step.

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