For many in need of a financial boost, GoFundMe has been a great resource for campaigning. Cops have used it to sponsor a sterling student’s college tuition. A deaf boy has used it to provide hearing aids for other deaf children. For teens at Champlin Park High School, it was instrumental to helping substitute teacher Walter Erickson pay for his wife’s surgery.
“He’s just impacted so many of our lives in amazing ways,” said Katie Blodgett, a senior at Champlin Park. “He’s the kind of substitute teacher where he connects with us more on a personal level and he obviously loves what he does and that makes it more encouraging for us to learn.”
Erickson had been saving up to shoulder his wife’s cataract surgery and dental care, thus choosing not to retire. Initially, students aimed to raise $500 and ended up exceeding their goal by $13,405. Erickson’s wife was pleasantly surprised, to say the least.
“When I told my wife about this last Friday, she said, ‘Who are these girls? What kind of parents do they have that they could be so caring and compassionate?’”
Though the eighty-year-old has no plans to retire anytime soon, the extra cash should come in handy.
It isn’t everyday that people pay it forward to strangers. But in times of desperate need, you can count on dentists to work free and hoarders to donate supplies. You can meet a good samaritan anywhere, just as Kate McClure met Johnny Bobbitt Jr. The homeless veteran spent his last $20 on a gas refill after McClure’s car broke down on Interstate 95. To repay him, McClure raised over $227,000 in just under two weeks.
“I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day,” [McClure] wrote on the fundraising page.
With Philadelphia nearing the winter season, McClure made several trips down to the interstate to bring Bobbitt supplies. Determined to get the 34-year-old veteran back on his feed, she started a GoFundMe page, to which over 7,600 people have already contributed.
“[I] truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break. Hopefully with your help I can be the one to give it to him.”
With more than $110,000 donated on Thanksgiving alone, the holidays couldn’t be more festive.
When you’re an Eagles defender or Bill Gates, giving back to the community is an easy job to sustain. For others, simpler lifestyles don’t always allow sizable donations. Still, 7-year-old Alex Fischer, determined to help feed the homeless, raised $1,500 by selling Thanksgiving boxes.
“I just thought it would be nice to do Thanksgiving food boxes for people in need. I want other people to have a happy Thanksgiving.” [said Fischer.]
To raise a goal of $150, the Fischer family threw together goodie bags filled with canned goods and stuffing. Besides door-to-door selling, Fischer opted to put up a lemonade stand. Impressed by their daughter, parents James and Lisa called for donations online.
“Your donation is twofold; you’ll be helping a family enjoy a homemade Thanksgiving meal together and also helping Alex learn the joy of helping others in her community.” [wrote Fischer’s parents.]
The whopping $1,500 will feed 100 families, while any remainder will go to the Charlotte Rescue Mission. Looks like Fischer is truly in for some holiday cheer!