I do see your point. But actually, Travis...the same concept and approach WOULD work for someone needing "knee surgery." For goodness sakes, we donate money for Girl Scout Cookies, surely we can cough up a small donation for Aunt Sarah's knee surgery...or whatever.
Most people are very generous, even in this down-turned economy. The thing about serious social media users is that we stay more tuned-in to what is going on with others. That gives us an advantage to "be in the know" when others need help.
We cannot save the whole entire world, but when individuals get together through social media for heartfelt expressions of need...we come through...even for a hip, a knee, a blood drive, a flood, hurricane, bone marrow donation, Susie needs a new bike, help send a kid to Space Camp, it doesn't matter.
Don't think for one minute that if my beloved husband, Joe, needed a knee I would not be tweeting up my online media moguls like crazy asking for help. I would.
Ya know what? I would ask for help if we needed it and there is not one fiber of my being that believes they wouldn't come through for me and mine.
Joe would get his knee because, over time and multiple correspondences, I know in my heart that MY Tweeples...are some of the best, most loving, generous "Peoples" on the planet.
It's about building better relationships over time. My opinion is: It matters not "what" the need is. As long as it's genuine people will come through for you. We're human.