James Altucher thinks that donating to a large charity is a bad idea. Before you get offended and think he’s a terrible person, I want to clarify that he believes that it’s far more powerful to help one person in exactly the way that person needs help. He calls this “being a superhero”.
If you’re like James, and you want to help one person with something he or she needs right now, then check out Love Drop. Each month, they pick one person or family in crisis to help. For example, in July, they shared the story of Felicity, a four year old girl with a rare and aggressive brain tumor. After a surgery to remove the tumor, she needed 6 weeks of radiation treatment followed by several weeks of chemotherapy.
Needless to say, the family was experiencing a lot of emotional and financial stress. Members of Love Drop, with small donations ranging from $1 to $20, raised $5,287.26 in cash for the family to use towards their mounting medical bills. They also threw her a baby shower, but most importantly, they showered her with love. This family knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are not alone in their struggles and that people care about them. And that is a gift that can’t be measured in dollars.
If you want to be a superhero for one person or one family, Love Drop is one way you can do it. Do you have a story about a time when you helped one person?