The video of an elderly woman finding her dog beneath the rubble of her home in Moore, Oklahoma after it had been leveled by a tornado so moved people that they began emailing the CBS news team with offers of support.
Erin DeRuggiero, of Minneapolis, Minn., went a step further when she learned that Barbara Garcia’s home had not been insured. She set up a fundraising page on GoFundMe with a simple plea, “Let’s show her what love and community is all about.”
Since the page was launched nine days ago, $50,000 has been raised for the widow and her dog to buy a new home.
Barbara says she feels more blessed every day. “All you have to do is drive down the street and see the people that… there is just an outpouring of caring and love.
(WATCH the video from May 24, or READ the transcript at CBS News)