Sometimes I will see some article online about some poor family whose home burned down on their child's birthday and that on that same day, their other child was diagnosed with cancer, or something horrible like that, and donations from strangers poured in and now they have half a million dollars to buy another home. And I feel guilty that I never give money to these unfortunate strangers because their stories are so compelling.
But when it really comes down to it, I think these donations are a little ridiculous. For every sob story on the Internet that gets way too much money, there are probably thousands of other families in a similar position who aren't as attractive, don't have as compelling a story, or just aren't as Internet savvy or lucky enough for their story to have gone viral. And those families get nothing.
It's sort of like the lottery, in a way. One family gets rewarded with more than they actually need, while everyone else gets nothing.
I think it's great that there are people out there kind enough to donate their money to help others. We make donations every year, but I let my husband handle it because I think he is smarter about choosing charities that are worthy (I know he gives a lot to Doctors without Borders). I just think it makes more sense to donate to a large charity that will help a large number of people, instead of just rewarding one lucky family.
What charities do you think are worthwhile to donate to?