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I’ve heard it time and time again. How technology and social media is taking over… in a bad way. How people simply just aren’t “connecting” in real life anymore, because their heads are buried in their cell phones. It kills me when I hear these things. Really? This community of blogging and social media ie. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook is all about connecting. These “online relationships” are real, there are real people behind those accounts.
Remember this post I posted about the Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis walk? Sid’s teamed raised $400 buckaroos in a couple days! We all know it’s not about the money, but man that money will be put to good use. Every re-tweet on Twitter, re-post on Instagram, every Facebook and Google+ share made a difference. So thank you! Spreading awareness is one of the goals and that sure is much easier using social media. What I love was connecting with everyone on social media who told me a part of their story. About someone somewhere in this big wide world who was also affected by those awful diseases, and how thankful they were to know they weren’t alone in the fight against them.
Yesterday this story went viral. Oh how our hearts ache for this family. I’ve never met Jacqui or her family in real life, but I feel like I “know” her. She’s one of the accounts on Instagram I’ve followed from the beginning. Maybe to you Instagram is just another waste of time. Another social media dark hole. What you’re missing is that it’s a community, where people from all over the world choose to share life and connect with others.
Their story spread across Instagram/social media like wild fire. Want to know the good that social media did? In 12 short hours this went down.
Again it’s not about the money. I can bet the prayers and lifting up of the family surpassed this number. Just the thought takes my breath away. It brought people from all over the world together. Some complete strangers to the family, others who just “knew” them online, others in real life. Different shops pledged a portion if not all of their sales to help this family in it’s time of need. T-shirts, necklaces, prints etc. were made to honor Ryan.
The community showed up yesterday and will continue to show up.
Yes, I’m sure there are downfalls to social media, just like anything else. But I’m proud to be part of this online community that helps spread awareness and love in so many different forms. Please continue to lift them up. #RedBalloonsforRyan