My name is Michael Nguyen and I’m asking for your help to fund Troubled Thursdays.
What are Troubled Thursdays?
I try to help people when I can, usually by listening to them or giving them advice. About a year ago, my friend started putting up a Facebook status update every Thursday which says,
"It’s Troubled Thursday! Every Thursday I will post this status inviting anyone having a tough day to message me and vent to me ANYTHING that is troubling them, whether it be big or small. I will GLADLY give you my input and advice, that is only if you want of course, but above all else I just want to be an ear to listen or shoulder to cry on…There are people who still care in this world, and YOU ARE NOT ALONE!"
I decided to give it a shot as well and started putting up this status every Thursday and the response I got throughout the last year has been incredible. I’ve had the honor of being allowed to help many people with just this status.
Why do I need the money then?
There are millions if not billions of people out there that have been through many more experiences than me and can give much better advice as a result. When it comes to victims of abuse, coming out about one’s sexuality, or even figuring out one’s path in life, I usually can only offer a few words of support and encouragement because I cannot relate and honestly- I want to do more than that.
With your support, we can help even more people! With the money, I hope to be able to do two things-
Purchase a DSLR Camera
"A picture is worth a thousand words." - Arthur Brisbane
Inspired by Humans of New York, I want to shoot pictures of people and tell their stories, hopefully inspiring others in the process. Following Troubled Thursdays however, I also want to build an online community that can give advice (by leaving comments and etc. on pictures that I shoot) to those that can’t or aren’t uncomfortable to ask for help from people around them. A DSLR camera is the standard for taking pictures nowadays, and although I can use any old camera, I want to be able to capture every pixel of emotion to tell someone’s story. These cameras, unfortunately, usually run for a couple hundred.
Purchase Building Supplies & Decorations
Sometimes, I invite people over if they would rather talk in person rather than text or instant messaging. Other times, I host small (sometimes big!) events for close friends, school clubs, etc. Unfortunately, my room is rather cramped and my house is too small so I have to do things on my front yard.
My front yard is very plain, however, and that really affects the mood and atmosphere. Not only that, the lack of comfortable seating and tables often become a very huge bother.
What I want to do is start hosting sort of a potluck every weekend. Two-thirds of the group picture you see up there are people that I’ve met from all over the place. Over the last few years, I’ve invited them to small parties I throw and they’ve become a sort of family that supports each other. I’m especially grateful because they’re very welcoming and friendly to people that I introduce them to. I want to expand that. I know it sounds corny, but I want to provide a support system/family to people because I believe everyone should have someone there for them when they need it the most. With your help, I can make this happen.
I apologize for so much to read!
I wish I could trim them down a bit, but they are there so you know where the money is going to. At the very least, I want to be able to purchase a camera and I hope you can help me with that.
I also want to say thank you for reading this, even if you choose not to or can’t donate. If you could put a Troubled Thursday status on your Facebook or any other social media account, that is just as good as donating :)
Thank you for your time and thank you for your support! If I can get at least the camera, I would be very grateful ^-^ Please share this if you can, every dollar and status update counts! Take care of yourself and if you do need someone to talk to, you can contact me through a message on my Facebook here.
Here is the link to my gofundme campaign :3