Last weekend a deck collapsed at Glacier Camp in Lakeside almost 50 people were killed. We reported it on Dominick On The Air that the people of Montana have stepped up to help.
After all the news has died down, there are at least two people who still remain in critical condition. One of them is Christi Briney. Her friends and family are trying to help; they set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for her expenses.

According to the GoFundMe page:

Sadly, Christi was one of those who was severely injured. She was taken by ambulance to KRMC in Kalispell, and then flown by air ambulance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Christi shattered her L3 lumbar vertebrae, and the fragments are threatening her spinal cord. Surgery is set for Monday at 8:30 AM to remove the debris. She remains in critical condition at this time.

When I first heard about this and saw the people of Montana were trying to help someone in need, I was happy to live in a place like this. What a great community, a great state.

But wait, I am wrong it is not just the state of Montana that steps up to help people. It is every state. It is the United States.

According to CNN's William Bennett  "Compared to the rest of the world, American benevolence is unmatched. Generosity is in no way demanded or required by our Constitution or laws, yet it is an inherent part of America's cultural fabric."

Okay, you may say, Americans are generous because we have a great economy, right?

No, wrong. Bennett points out in his CNN story that "China, which boasts the second largest economy in the world, is one of the least generous countries on Earth when it comes to charitable contributions."

So, for Christi Briney, whose family and friends are trying to raise $15,000, well, in just one day they hit $14,000.

I am proud of the people in Montana, but while I love this state, I am also proud of the United States of America, the most giving country on planet Earth. You should be too.

If you would like to help just click GoFundMe.


photo from NBC Montana




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