REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Welcome to the latest edition of Trending on Tuesdays, a weekly round-up of what's new on GoFundMe. If anything catches your eye, please don't hesitate to contact us for additional information or interviews at [email protected].
Marine Helps Fellow Marine Overcome Homelessness
$4,285 raised by 73 people in 16 days
Lewis was a Marine who served during the Vietnam War and later fell on hard times. While homeless and camping in the backyard of his childhood house, Lewis was discovered by some fellow Marines who wanted to help. Now, led by campaign organizer and fellow Marine John Day, the community is coming together to help Lewis rehab the home he's been living outside of.
John Day writes, "Lewis is in temporary housing and doing well. The property is no longer owned by the city and we are putting together the resources and people needed to come in and start the work. As you can see on the site, we raised almost $3000 in the first week. Thank you, thank you to all of you who gave!"
Community Raises $15k to Keep Engineering Major in College
$15,883 raised by 112 people in 3 days
After his first year at Morehouse College, DC native Kyare was named the most outstanding student in his engineering program. But short-term financial difficulties nearly brought his college career to a halt, until his community came together with this GoFundMe campaign.
Campaign organizer Mark Hecker writes, "I had the opportunity to speak to Kyare this evening. He was shocked by the generosity we've seen so far. In fact, he started crying. He clearly hasn't given up hope yet… He was doing his homework."
10-Year-Old's Lemonade Stand Means Business
Fountain Valley, CA
$995 by 27 people in 17 days
This is no ordinary lemonade stand. 10-year-old Annabelle Lockwood is a serious entrepreneur looking to take her gourmet lemonade business to the next level. Her community is supporting her efforts to upgrade her Loco Lemon stand to commercial standards.
Campaign organizer Chanel René writes, "This isn't just another business venture... it's becoming a life lesson for a young ambitious entrepreneur. [Annabelle is] extremely passionate about her business, and we are so proud of her for creating something that so many others can enjoy!"
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world's largest online fundraising platform, with over $2 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.