Donors have flooded crowdfunding campaigns set up for individual victims of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, raising more than $1 million in a matter of days.
“Help for Patrick and Jess” — a campaign on crowd fundraising site GiveForward.com — raised $200,000 within 24 hours to benefit Patrick and Jessica Downes, newlyweds who both required leg amputation. As of this morning the campaign has raised $518,971.
Many of the donors are strangers to the couple, like the New Jersey resident who gave $18 and wrote, “You seem like a young couple that represents the best that our great Country can produce… While we don’t know each other, today your family is my family, your goals are our goals, your recovery is our recovery.”
The “Celeste & Sydney Recovery Fund,” set up on GoFundMe.com has also raised nearly a half million dollars for Celeste Corcoran and her teenage daughter Sydney, both severely injured by the blast.
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