I have a laundry list of topics I have been meaning to blog about. I still have a Rockin' Green giveaway to do, along with updating you on Wildman. I promise those things are coming. This topic came up last minute and I just have to vent.
First I should apologize for being duped into the whole scam. For those of you who have not heard, the Save Baby Myah Facebook page, fundraisers, everything, were scams. The mother, who has multiple aliases, started raising money shortly after Myah was born. There is a Myah, but she is a healthy little girl (which is great to hear). I want to apologize for the links that I posted for the different fundraisers, especially if any of you ended up giving money to this cause. I personally bought 2 diapers from the Hyena Cart page.
I don't know what upsets me more about this whole situation. I don't know if it is the thought of all the people who donated and prayed and tried to help this little girl. The stories I read of people trying to get donated colostrum to Myah because her bloodwork didn't look good. The WAHMs who donated time and supplies for fundraisers. Or is it the thought that this woman is actually raising this little girl. That someone could be so deceitful as to use a beautiful little girl to scam others. What good could she possibly have thought would come of this? What lessons did she think she could possibly teach Myah? This is how you lie, this is how you run a scam.
What also upsets me are some of the comments people have left on the news stories. People are so obsessed with their own problems that they can't seem to step out of their little box. One person went on about how "big buisness" scams us out of billions and nothing happens, this mother ONLY scammed us for about $10,000. She should only get a slap on the wrists and be sent on her way. SERIOUSLY! To me, this has nothing to do with the money itself. Obviously this didn't work out as well as she planned because she is still living off the state. What upsets me the most is how this is another drop in the "cup half empty" world we have been creating.
I remember when I would go to stores and there would be the boxes on the counters for you to donate to help a local family who had medical bills. Or there was a little boy with cancer. You didn't think twice about putting some spare change in the jar to help them out. Now, I feel like I don't know who to help. You want to try and help individuals because the bigger charities cannot reach everyone. How do you know who to help? Heck, even the Susan G. Koman foundation has started to get greedy. Sometimes it feels like it is harder to do a good deed.
There is something good from all of this. Myah's mother did direct people to the National Marrow Donor Program. I did get a kit, swabbed my cheek, and I am officially registered to be a donor. I believe there are many others out there who also signed up in the hopes of being a match for Myah. If you didn't sign up, I urge you to. Bone marrow is something that we countinue to produce, but we can also give to others. It doesn't involve major surgery and can save someone's life.
In closing, I want to again apologize for involving any of you in this scam. It isn't something that you could look up on Snopes, and the only reason we know of it now is because the police wanted to prevent people from donating to a fundraiser that was going to be held this past Tuesday. I know there are people who are in legitimate need for help, I just hope they can still get the help they need and scams like this don't deter too many people.