In 1989, there was an earthquake in San Francisco. I was 10 years old. I was and still am an Oakland A's fan, so I saw the whole thing happen on tv.
I sent two weeks allowance to the Red Cross, who had set up a fund for donations to help the relief efforts in the area.
To this day, I'm still not quite sure why I sent $10 to help the earthquake victims. But I know what didn't inspire me.
It wasn't Ashton Kutcher racing Oprah to a million followers and donating what he would have anyway. It's not Drew Carey inflating his follower numbers to donate to LiveStrong.
We get it, you're famous. Donate and we'd find out. We seem to find out everything you folks do.
Since when did donating to charity become a popularity contest?
Until now, two people knew that I donated what I did. Mom and Dad. I didn't go around starting a list and telling people I'd donate more if they signed up.
I donated because I wanted to. No matter who else knew, or cared. It felt good to do so, and that's why I did it.
This is charity, not high school. Helping people who are less fortunate is the one thing that does not need all the extra bullshit. Do it for yourself, not anyone or anything else.