Monday Reflections: The Power of Social Media and Kindness

Oh, what a week it has been! Last week quickly came and went before I knew it. I was busy fundraising for The Walk to END Epilepsy, and it has been really fun and a lot more successful than I thought it would be.

I was worried being socially distanced would make fundraising slightly more difficult. I wouldn’t be able to head over to a family member or friend’s house with a warm batch of cookies to ask them to help support my cause. I also wouldn’t be able to meet with and recruit members in person.

But, despite phone calls, emails, and Zoom videos being the primary form of communication today, things have worked out really great! I’ve even been able to reach out to more people than I have ever before, and I’ve also learned something through this pandemic madness — never underestimate the kindness of strangers and what they can do when they join digital forces.

To fundraise this year, I leveraged the power of social media to get my message across, and the support pouring in is overwhelming. If you’ve read my previous post, you’ll know I’m having a Pokémon raffle to raise money for the walk, and the Pokémon community has been a very kind and generous one.

Despite not knowing who I am, strangers from the social media universe came together to support a simple girl from Texas. Their warmth and kindheartedness will make a world of difference for people living with epilepsy. Their donations will help the Epilepsy Foundation continue offering medical care and support to those who need it.

I know social media comes with its good and bad moments, but, right now, I’m going to take a moment to soak in the good. I’m thankful for all the Pokémon fans who shared my post to spread the word and donated to my fundraiser to support the cause. You are all amazing, and I couldn’t have raised as much as I have if it wasn’t for you.

This epilepsy warrior thanks you from the bottom of her purple heart!

P.S. For those interested in joining the fun, the raffle for the fundraiser is still going on. For more information about it, check out my raffle post. Or, if you just want to donate, please visit my fundraising page here. THANK YOU!

Published by Vero

About me? I’m never good at these things, but here are the basics. I’m a journalism and film graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. I'm a dedicated digital content nerd with over eight years of experience in digital content management, content writing, copy editing, and project management. Currently, I'm a staff writer for The American Genius, and I manage my personal blog that advocates for epilepsy awareness. I LOVE to bake! I like to challenge myself to learn new decorating and baking techniques. And although I’d love to say I’ve mastered everything and have never burnt a dessert, it simply isn’t true.

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