Crowdfunding Pays to Get Homeless Man Home to Jamaica
London woman's plea for 'Michael' smashes goal quickly
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2014 7:06 PM CST
Jenny Baker and Michael.   (Go Fund Me)

(Newser) – A British woman's plea on Go Fund Me to help a homeless man evidently struck a chord. Jenny Baker asked people to chip in to buy a plane ticket to help a 64-year-old man she met in Dalston achieve his one wish: to return to his native Jamaica, reports the Independent. The post went up on the site Sunday and set a goal of about $1,300. As of this evening, nearly $15,000 has been raised.

"He told me that all he wants more than anything in the world is to go back to Jamaica where he says he will be fine and happy again," she wrote in the original Get Michael Home post. "I have promised this man that this time next year he will be back in Jamaica and that I will make it my personal mission to make it happen." In an update today, Baker writes that all the money raised will go to Michael, reports the Evening Standard. She adds that she's now getting help from agencies and the Jamaican embassy to figure out the next steps. (A key one is tracking down Michael.)

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wartengu
Feb 12, 2014 11:52 AM CST
Make easy money, step 1 sign up to go fund me, step 2 make up a sob story step 3 get paid.
Trastion
Feb 12, 2014 8:03 AM CST
This chick believed a drunk homeless guys story and I bet he has never been to Jamaica. He was just pan handling to get money for his purple drank. She probably gave him $20 and he had a great night. I think I am going to go find a few homeless guys and take some pictures then post to see how much money I can get. Don't worry I will give them all the money when I find them again.
orlandojon
Feb 12, 2014 7:43 AM CST
This is a wonderful idea. How many cities would benefit if we could raise the money to send people living on the street back to their native land? Win win