Trending on GoFundMe: Helping Nation’s Oldest Veteran, a Homeless Teen, & the Jamaican Bobsled Team
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Sulphur Springs, Texas
Anthony came into Colleen Hoover’s life as a quiet but regular patron of her bookstore. It took some time for Colleen to piece together that Anthony had been homeless for some time. Touched by this young man’s kindness and perseverance in an unimaginably difficult situation, Colleen started this GoFundMe to help permanently improve Anthony’s life. The community has come together and raised nearly $60K in less than 24 hours.
Richard Overton is 110 years old and is the oldest living United States veteran. He is a veteran of World War II and currently lives in his home in Austin, Texas. He has outlived all of his closest relatives and is in need of 24/7 home care. So far, the community has donated over $88k towards Richard’s in-home care, nearing the goal of $100k for one year of full-time care.
On a recent broadcast of NPR’s All Thing Considered, Noel Anaya told a story that doesn’t often get shared: what it’s like to be raised in the foster system and then age out. This brave young man, who recently turned 21, described his personal struggle in an impersonal institution. After receiving many requests, Noel started a GoFundMe, and support has poured in.
Syracuse, New York
The 2018 Winter Olympics will mark the 30th anniversary of the Jamaican bobsled team’s Calgary debut. In anticipation, the team is fundraising so they can hire an elite coach to get them to the top of their game and, hopefully, bring a medal home to Jamaica.
Queen Creek, Arizona
The Rybergs are an exceptional family: in addition to six biological children, Nate and Lori have adopted seven children who have special needs or use wheelchairs. Inspired by the love and care Nate and Lori give their entire family, friends have started this GoFundMe to help equip their fan with a wheelchair lift. So far, over $55,000 has been raised.
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest social fundraising platform, with over $3 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.