When writer Ashley C. Ford had a desire to help kids with unpaid lunch accounts, she appealed to her 66,000 Twitter followers for assistance. She tweeted, “A cool thing you can do today is to try to find out which of your local schools have kids with overdue lunch accounts and pay them off.” And her words have inspired others to give.
It’s been almost two months since Ford’s tweet and thousands of dollars have been donated to help erase school lunch debts around the country. Most impressive is an online fundraising effort in Minnesota that has raised nearly $100,000 for Minneapolis schools, and $28,000 for twin city St. Paul’s. And mostly anonymous donors in Topeka, Kansas wiped out $6,000 in student lunch debt, $2,000 in Bellevue, Washington, and $1,200 in Wilmington, Delaware.
“I sincerely just wanted to think of something really easy that people could do to make a difference locally,” Ford says of her tweet that inspired so many. “It was just one idea; another school might need help with uniforms or tutoring. The point was to do something that helps people in your community.”
Source: CBS News