First off I would like to THANK everyone who participated in Team Jacob raising funds for IMAlive: an online crisis network. They operate a service called IMAlive. It’s the first online crisis chat center — a place where people in dire need can get instant help from trained volunteers. It’s not a cure-all; it’s first aid that can help someone get to more lasting assistance.
The IMAlive 24-7 Giving Challenge hopes to raise $50,000, which will allow the service to remain available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until August 2014. The challenge ended Saturday, September 14 at midnight. Thanks to you Team Jacob raised over $5,000! You can still donate to Team Jacob. And I hope you do!
Over the past month or so I’ve had the opportunity to meet a bunch of people I’ve known online for close to three years. There is a lot of debate as to if connections formed online are just as strong as those made in real life. I have to say yes. Online connections can be just as strong as those made face-to-face. And meeting your online connections in real life can really strengthen the bonds. It does for me. There was no awkward just meeting for the first time moments. Just felt natural. Nurture your online relationships like you would those in real life. They are just as important and meaningful.
As Monty Python would say… and now for something completely different… I leave you with this…
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