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We all have heard about this tragic accident that killed 16 people from the Humboldt Broncho hockey team and the gofundme campaign for the families via traditional media; TV, radio as well as on social media; news feeds, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We have viewed the YouTube tribute videos by Smitty Kingston and Paul Brant to the Broncos. And we have read where the hockey stars and hockey owners had contributed to this gofundme fund.
I work with many clients who have limited incomes, yet in the last 2 weeks many have given donations to the Humboldt Broncos gofundme campaign. Some have pooled their funds together and had given a donation, others had given and then wondered how they were to manage to live for the rest of the month but felt compelled to give. The thing that resonated with me was how proud they are to have had made a contribution to help these hockey families who had such a huge loss and to have helped make history of raising of over 15 million dollars.
So why did these people give? Was it to be a part of what was happening and have a connection in some way with families or the hockey community. Or was it due to empathy or sympathy and feeling compelled to express their condolences by donating to the fund and have some connection to these families. Even though many individuals had no personal relationship with the victims or the families this tragedy appears to have affected them emotionally in some way.
I have a sister who knows one of the families involved in this tragedy. She and the majority of the hockey families in her circle contributed to the fund as they felt it was a way to support their friend and the other families who had lost a loved one.
I did not donate to the campaign but after talking to my clients and my sister I was pondering should I have.
Where you one of the 142,023 people who gave? What where you reasons to give?
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