For about two weeks now, a group of us have been working on a fundraiser for a dear friend of ours on Facebook. I say it’s a Facebook Fundraiser because that’s where I’ve been taking about it the most. I’ve promoted the link to the GoFundMe page there the most, but I’ve also posted it on Twitter as well. We also started a secret Facebook group where over 100 of us donated to the fund and created a Secret Santa care package project.
This whole thing grew to be so much more than we ever imagined. When we initially started out on December 5th, there was ten of us and we set the fundraising goal for $500. Then, I thought it might be a good idea for us to create a secret group so each of us could gather up others that might be interested in participating in the fundriaser. This whole thing was thought up by another friend of mine, Dawn Allcot, and then I sort of just ran with it . . . I didn’t mean to . . . it sort of just happened. She created the group and I created the GoFundMe account.
She and I each started inviting people and making updates . . . then . . . one of us, I can’t remember who, came up with the idea of the care packages. That quickly perpetuated into many, many others wanting to participate and send. The fund quickly grew and pushed beyond the $500 goal!
Now, we’re twelve days into the fundraiser and the group has raised $1,400 and dozens of care packages have been sent out to the family. This whole thing has grown into something so amazing and none of us had any idea something so beautiful and so gratifying (*for SO MANY people*) would occur. I’ve receieved so many notes about how lives have changed. Two, in particular, really touched my heart:
“Hey you. Take a moment in the whirlwind of your day, please and consider something. For a not small group of people, you are Christmas, what it really means. Thank you, for that.”
And . . . .
“You can throw me in that group. I have no money to help, but it’s been wonderful to watch.”
The fundraiser is still going on today and, honestly, I’m so blown away with how generous everyone has been and how people are still donating to the fundraiser and sending care packages through the group. Would you like to donate to this GoFundMe fundraiser? Here’s the link: Fletcher Family Fundraiser.