After Viral Video, Family Launches GoFundMe Campaign to Buy A Home And Keep Their Family Together

Redwood City, CA –  Today, the subjects of a recent viral video launched a GoFundMe campaign to help reunite their family and purchase a home. In the video, which now has over 6 million views, we see a new father, Jeffrey, being surprised by his mother, Madeleine, who he hasn’t seen in over 10 years. His heartwarming reaction captivated millions of people around the globe. Now, Jeffrey’s family is reaching out for support so that they don’t have to wait another 10 years to see each other.

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The GoFundMe campaign was created by Shannon Slattery, Jeffrey’s longtime girlfriend. The couple recently welcomed their first child, Christian, into the world 8 months ago. Christian is also Madeleine’s firstborn grandson. The family would like to visit one another more often, but are not able to due to financial constraints. Madeleine currently resides in Gabon, Africa, and works 6 days a week to make a living.  

In order for Madeleine to obtain citizenship and move to the U.S., Jeffrey and Shannon need to finish paying off their student loans.  Shannon is employed as a registered nurse, and Jeffrey is a carpenter’s apprentice.  They also recently discovered that their apartment has high levels of lead, so they are looking to move as soon as possible.  The family wants nothing more than to be together in a safe and comfortable home.   

“We can't even put into words how happy we would be if we actually raise enough money to buy a home and get mom here to stay.  So many wonderful qualities have been passed down from Madeleine to Jeffrey and we want our son to experience that firsthand,” said Shannon Slattery.  “We want him to know his grandmother and we want her to be present for all of his milestones. It would be such a blessing for our family.  Life is short and the value of us being together is immeasurable.”

For additional information, please contact:

Kelsea Little - kelsea@gofundme.com, (619) 933-4566