In 2016, Felisha Ruehmer dragged a folding chair to her local park and gave free haircuts to the homeless. That day, she started a movement that has changed countless lives, and her GoFundMe has helped them buy an RV to offer showers in addition to haircuts. Felisha was named October 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
University of North Carolina students started a GoFundMe to give back to a beloved university employee, Joann. They asked her what she wanted most, and she said to be able to visit her son in Arizona. They set their goal at just $700 and have raised more than $7K to make her dream a reality.
Anna is a 75-year-old retiree who collects and deposits bottles to earn gift money for her children and grandchildren. When she was fined for collecting bottles in a train station, a kind stranger read her story in the newspaper and started a GoFundMe to help her cover the fine and have a better future.
Miguel Chaidez, Sr. has always been a die-hard Dodgers fan. So when they made it to the World Series, he dreamed of attending. He also knew it might be his last chance, as he was recently diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer. His grandson secretly started a GoFundMe and raised over $3,600 to send his grandfather to the World Series game.
Elias was severely injured in a car accident while visiting Thailand with his friends. Because he didn’t have travel insurance, his family started a GoFundMe to cover the costs for a private hospital, emergency operation, and transport back to Germany. Over 6.500 people helped raise 150,000 Euro in just 5 days.
Goldin Martinez thought he would end up on the streets until a teacher changed his world with one simple act. Now, he's dedicated his life to helping kids get books—with exercise. He set up a GoFundMe to get his program, Get Focused, off the ground and was named Sept 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
Nathan has quadriplegia and requires a custom $4,500 wheelchair in order to move about comfortably. When his wheelchair was stolen from a Boise State football game, the community rallied around Nathan and his family and raised over $20K for his new chair.
Media group Nice-Matin started a GoFundMe to raise money for the brave firefighters who fought back the flames in the French Riviera wildfires. Over 500 people helped raise more than 27,000 Euro to thank the firefighters.
When Matt White learned about a single mom in Tucson who lives in her car with a son with special needs, he started a GoFundMe to help get them back on their feet. In just two weeks, he raised over $6,000 to help their family afford an RV.
Three elementary school students in southeast Texas started a virtual lemonade stand to raise money for their teachers who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. In just a few weeks, they raised over $2,000.
10-year-old Braden Baker has worn hearing aids since he was three months old. Each device costs over $3,000 and isn’t covered by insurance. When Braden learned that many kids like him can't afford to hear, he couldn't get it off his mind, so he decided to start a GoFundMe to help others. Braden was named August 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
In 1979, when he was barely 16 years old, Fred Clay was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for a murder that he maintained he didn't commit. In August 2017, Fred was fully exonerated and released from prison. One of his attorneys set up this GoFundMe to allow the community a way to support Fred as he returns to society.
After reading a news story about a struggling 86-year-old Jazz drummer named Steve Hideg, Tim decided to start a campaign to help the musician with his living expenses. In just a few days, strangers from all over country donated more than $21K to support Steve.
In 2016, Donnie Davis launched a campaign to transform an old campground property into a micro-home community for his fellow veterans suffering from PTSD. All community residents receive free housing, food, and counseling until they recover. Donnie was named July 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
Gavin started a lemonade stand to support his local humane society and a nonprofit for children with disabilities. He set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise extra money from people who couldn't stop by the stand, and he even got a surprise visit from one of his favorite hockey players, Matt Murray.
Aaron Tucker witnessed a serious car crash while on his way to an important job interview. Without hesitation, he ran to help. When Karin saw the news and learned that Aaron lives in a halfway house, she started a campaign for him as a thank you for his bravery.
Scarlett Lewis's son, Jesse, was killed in the 2012 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary. Rather than succumb to hate and anger, Scarlett decided to choose love. She founded a nonprofit in Jesse's honor to provide free social-emotional learning curricula to schools and prevent more hateful tragedies. She started a campaign to expand their program and was named June 2017's GoFundMe Hero.