Trending on GoFundMe: Helping a Good Samaritan Cop’s Family, a Boy with Rare Disease, and a Beloved Campus Worker
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The GoFundMe Community Gives Support After Mosque Attacks
In response to the recent, terrible attacks on mosques in Texas and Quebec, the GoFundMe community has responded with support and generosity. After a fire destroyed a mosque in Victoria, Texas, nearly $1 million has been raised: Victoria Islamic Center Rebuilding. And after the horrific shooting of worshippers at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec, more than $100,000 has been raised for funeral costs: Support Victims of #QuebecMosque.
Trending: Super Bowl Campaigns
In anticipation of the Super Bowl this weekend, the GoFundMe community is raising money to send die-hard fans to the game, as well as using the occasion to fundraise for charity. $3,600 has been raised to Send David Clary to the Super Bowl (Tennessee). Atlanta Falcons fans have raised more than $10k to donate to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Ronald McDonald House, and the Atlanta Mission. $2,300 has been raised for a beloved coach to attend the game (San Diego). And a football fan in Minnesota has raised more than twice his goal to help local refugees: Football and Immigrants.
A former U.S. marine and father of two, police officer Michael Louviere was shot and killed after he stopped to help after what appeared to be a car accident. After this tragic death, Louviere’s friends and community have come together to help the family left behind and spread a message of love and hope.
Awa is a beloved member is the Muhlenberg College campus community. Every year, she saves what she can to visit her family in her home country of Senegal. Students who’ve been touched by Awa’s kindness and spirit have raised nearly $10,000 to give her the trip of a lifetime.
Staten Island, New York
John Hudson Dilgen is a 12-year-old with a rare and terrible disease called Epidermolysys Bullosa, which causes extremely delicate skin that blisters and peels. Wanting to help this dedicated family and their son face this debilitating disease, Staten Islanders have donated and offered their services so John Hudson can use a specialized bathroom and tub.
Community Raises Money for ACL Surgery for “Wafflenugget,” a Service Dog & Instagram Star
Hanover, New Hampshire
Wafflenugget is a psychiatric service dog who provides support and comfort to her owner and delight to her tens of thousands of Instagram followers. When Wafflenugget suffered from two torn ACLs, Kate Fisher turns to GoFundMe to fund the costly surgery. In less than a week, Kate exceeded her goal and Wafflenugget will be getting the treatment she needs.
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.