To the Editor:

Given the overabundance of awful news we're wading through this Christmas season, I'm feeling compelled to urge good citizens to open their hearts and pocketbooks for the greater good of our country.

We've seen the wrenching events that have made Ferguson, Missouri a sorrowful place in our collective consciousness.

Fortunately, technology is being used to bring life back to the places in need.

One of the more virtuous progeny of the internet is the phenomenon of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large n\umber of people typically via the internet.

The crowdfunding website contains numerous accounts set up to help business owners and a church to rebuild after anarchist rioters -- I'll call them terrorists -- burned and looted them.

This Christmas we can help heal and rebuild a wounded community and spit in the eyes of those who victimize those who keep the community vital and functional.

Praise to those who have organized these efforts to rebuild civil society and combat the forces of evil opportunism.

Todd Peterson

Washington Depot