The $95,000 in donations made to the Big Tex rebuilding fund seems mighty piddly considering the huge outpouring of grief, sentiment, and nostalgia after the iconic figure went up in flames last October.
The replacement cost is expected to top $500,000. Insurance will cover $155,000.
That still leaves a balance of $250,000, which will fall to the State Fair of Texas to pay unless more donors open their wallets.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating for anyone to donate money.
Still, my opinion didn’t reflect the majority. Facebook lit up with status updates galore as Texans expressed their sadness and sense of loss.
Shedding tears is easier than shedding greenbacks.
The Fort Worth-Arlington-Dallas Metroplex contains about 6.5 million people. Instead of giving their two cents on Facebook, if everyone would have donated an actual two pennies to the Big Tex fund, that would have created another $130,000.
And if Texas’s 26 million residents would have each donated two cents, that would have raised $520,000 — enough to pay for the entire replacement cost.