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Dems Raise $13K to Reopen Firebombed GOP Office

They blew past fundraising goal in hours

(Newser) - Democrats disgusted by the firebombing of a GOP office in Orange County, NC, set up a GoFundMe page to help reopen it and blew past their $10,000 goal within hours Sunday. "Thank you all for showing that Americans are thirsty for civility and decency, and that we love... More »

That Bomb-Filled Bag Turned Homeless NJ Man's Life Around

GoFundMe campaign raised more than $20K

(Newser) - A backpack full of pipe bombs intended to cause terror and carnage ended up turning a homeless man's life around instead. Lee Parker and his friend Ivan White alerted police after they found the backpack in a garbage can in Elizabeth, NJ, Sunday night. Authorities say the bomb was... More »

Strangers Raise $250K for Grieving Popsicle Vendor, 89

'There will be no need for me to work'

(Newser) - A week ago, 89-year-old Fidencio Sanchez was selling Mexican popsicles in Chicago. Now he'll never have to push his paleta cart again, thanks to a kind stranger. Joel Cervantes Macias says he spotted Sanchez struggling to push his cart in the Little Village neighborhood on Thursday. It turns out... More »

Teachers' New Pet: GoFundMe

Educators increasingly turn to crowdfunding to supplement cost of classroom supplies

(Newser) - Paper? Pencils? Laptops? Robots? Teachers are increasingly relying on crowdfunding efforts to stock their classrooms with both the mundane and sometimes big-ticket items, reports the AP . Contributions to education campaigns have climbed on GoFundMe and DonorsChoose, from just more than $31.2 million in 2010 to nearly $140 million in... More »

Hungry Teen Asks for Doughnuts, Gets $270K

Chauncy Jones and his mom were living with 'nothing'

(Newser) - Matt White was grocery shopping in Memphis, Tenn., when 16-year-old Chauncy Jones asked if he could carry White's groceries to the 30-year-old's car in exchange for a pack of doughnuts. Little did Chauncy know that he was about to change his life. He told White that he had... More »

$222K Raised for Kids of Mom Dismembered on Date

Ingrid Lyne left behind 3 girls

(Newser) - Ingrid Lyne, the Seattle mom allegedly murdered while on a date , left behind three daughters—and a GoFundMe campaign set up to help the girls has raised more than $222,000 so far, Us reports. A friend of the family set up the campaign, and says that all the money... More »

Cops: Woman Looted GoFundMe Funeral Fund

Police say Krystal Gentley set up the fund, then took the money

(Newser) - Police say a New Hampshire woman stole more than $5,000 from a GoFundMe account she created to cover funeral costs for a family whose daughter died, the AP reports. Nashua police said Monday that 26-year-old Krystal Gentley approached the family last year and asked if she could create the... More »

Kanye Fans Raise $603 for Him via GoFundMe

At this rate, he should be out of debt in no time

(Newser) - Kanye West is, apparently, $53 million in debt , but he should be able to pay that off in no time thanks to a GoFundMe campaign started by 36-year-old Minnesotan Jeremy Piatt, CNET reports. "Recently, Kanye let us in on his personal struggle. He is 53 million dollars in debt... More »

GoFundMe Campaign Is Buying Christie Lots of Mops

'Mop up mess' in NJ after blizzard you abandoned: college grad to governor

(Newser) - "I don't know what you expect me to do," Chris Christie joked when dinged on the campaign trail for skipping off to New Hampshire to campaign as New Jersey reeled in the aftermath of last week's mega-blizzard. "Do you want me to go down there... More »

Woman Hunts Her Mother's Alleged Killer: Her Stepdad

Roxanne Cameron-Harris is raising money on GoFundMe

(Newser) - Almost exactly a year ago, rural Michigan resident Harold "Butch" Knight allegedly called 911 and matter-of-factly told the operator he'd strangled his wife, Sara Knight, and that she was lying dead on the living room floor in their Ganges Township home. Then he disappeared. (Audio of the 911... More »

Taylor Swift's Generosity Changes GoFundMe

Donation to girl with cancer prompts site to raise giving limit to $50K

(Newser) - When Taylor Swift heard that Naomi, one of her young fans, had to miss her concert because she had been diagnosed with cancer, Swift jumped onto Naomi's GoFundMe page and promptly donated $50,000, People reports. "To the beautiful and brave Naomi, I'm sorry you have to... More »

Dylann Roof's Sister Sought Funds for Ruined Wedding

GoFundMe page didn't last long

(Newser) - GoFundWhat? Dylann Roof's sister had to call off her wedding when her brother allegedly massacred nine people at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church—and she sought donations to cover the cost. A now-deleted GoFundMe page called "A Fresh Start for Michael and Amber" had a target of $5,... More »

Online Fundraisers for Ferguson Cop Shuttered

Tax experts reportedly trying to handle flood of Darren Wilson donations

(Newser) - Two websites raising money for the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown abruptly shut down over the weekend after raising more than $430,000. But the Support Officer Darren Wilson and Support Officer Wilson pages, two separate pages on the crowdsourcing site GoFundMe, weren't closed by... More »

Strangers' Donations Help BU Student Stay in School

Sophomore turns to GoFundMe site with success

(Newser) - The crowd-funding site GoFundMe has come up big for a Boston University student in danger of having to drop out, reports Business Insider . As a last resort, sophomore Alexis Felix created a page on the site seeking donations when her family could no longer pay her tuition. She hoped other... More »

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