Florida firefighter to donate organs in selfless last act after surfing accident, family says
Ethan Wilson — a husband, father and firefighter who was hospitalized last week after being found unresponsive at New Smyrna Beach — will donate his organs in a final act of lifesaving generosity toward others, according to his family.
Donations pour in for families of Atlanta shooting victims
(AP Photo/Ben Gray)Shortly after his mother was killed in the Atlanta-area shootings, Randy Park launched a GoFundMe page asking for $20,000 to pay for funeral expenses. For now, donors to victims of the Atlanta shootings must scour individual GoFundMe accounts. A page for Yong Yue’s family drew more than $115,000. AdPark's family was the first to launch a GoFundMe page. This is simply a change in my life,” Park wrote to the 70,000 people who had contributed as of Sunday afternoon.
‘It’s human nature to help others,’ GoFundMe says 2020 is most charitable year
Needless to say, 2020 was a tough year for most but according to crowd fundraising website GoFundMe its donations data can restore a bit of faith in humanity. Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd, started a memorial fund to provide for costs including holding a funeral for Floyd, burying him, and providing mental and grief counseling for Floyd’s family. Other top causes include Frontline Responders Fund, Justice for Breonna Taylor and Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund. Nearly 70% of all donations in 2020 were less than $50, according to GoFundMe. Despite the economic crisis plaguing much of the U.S. and the globe, GoFundMe was able to bring in over 150 million donations.
Orlando charity needs help replacing van that was stolen, crashed
ORLANDO, Fla. After its van used to transport furniture to those in need was stolen and crashed, an Orlando charity is seeking donations so it can replace the totaled vehicle and continue helping the community. The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, the only local furniture and clothing bank, has set up a GoFundMe to raise money to purchase a new vehicle. Additionally, the organization would also be willing to accept a donation of a new van from a local car dealership. The Mustard Seed said the Ford van, which was purchased in 2015 for $15,000, was rendered a total loss due to frame damage. Insurance provided the charity with $8,109 but The Mustard Seed is still trying to raise an additional $10,000 to buy a new van.
Yelp adds donation buttons to help local restaurants during coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has threatened many independent restaurants and businesses. The Yelp Foundation and GoFundMe have teamed up so that independent businesses can fundraise and get donations. Yelp donate buttonYelp and GoFundMe will match up to $1 million in donations. This comes just a few days after Yelp announced $25 million in relief for independent local restaurant and nightlife businesses. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.