A few weeks ago, friends of ours had their home disappear under water. We all felt helpless, and wanted to do anything we could to get them back on their feet. So we came up with the idea of an open fund where people could donate money to help replace their belongings. Because I had some experience with this, and personally know someone who's used the site, I volunteered to manage the process.
I am so thrilled that I was able to help them raise so much money, to replace their belongings. Through Facebook, Twitter, even Pinterest and Linked In, we got the word out to thousands of people. Even the local .com paper mentioned our fund on their site! My friends asked me to stop promoting the fund because they've received outside help from others (a brunch where they received hundreds of dollars in gift cards and pools of money collected by office workers) so they've actually reached the $20K goal, unofficially. Officially though, even without promotion, we reached $17K.
Sometimes boat life is hard. Things break, the small spaces seem too small, and we can't have "stuff" like we used to. But all I have to do is remember our friends and I realize that we made the right decision. And the spaces seem bigger, and the stuff isn't important. (Stuff still breaks. :)