A GoFundMe crowdfunding initiative to raise money for the victims and families of those affected by the Orlando shooting has raised $2.4 million.
The initiative has raised $1 million faster than any other campaign. As many as 56,000 people had contributed by Monday evening.
Fifty people were killed in Sunday’s deadly shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Club while dozens were more injured.
The news of the contributions was shared on social media by Dan Pfeiffer, GoFundMe’s vice president of communications. The crowdfunding campaign was posted by Equality Florida, the largest LGBT rights group in the state. The group said that it has collaborated with the non profit organization National Center for Victims of Crime to “ensure that every penny will be correctly and quickly dispersed to the victims and families,” as reported by FOX6Now.com.
National Center for Victims of Crime has previously distributed the contributions that came from fundraisers following shootings in Aurora and Chattanooga.
While Equality Florida’s initial goal was $100,000, it quickly crossed the mark and reached $1 million in just 10 hours. “We’re going to make sure every penny raised goes to supporting these victims,” staff member Ida Eskamani said.
Cricket Wireless contributed $25,000 while LGBT rights promoter Executive Pride gave $30,000 on Sunday.
Singer songwriter Jeffree Star contributed $20,000. He said he has promoted the campaign by sharing it with his followers on social media. “Our community and the rest of the world has spoken volumes by helping out, and it makes me feel less alone in a world where I’m not always accepted,” Star said. “It’s not about the dollar amount, it’s about being a decent person and standing up for human rights.”
The blood banks said they were “overwhelmed” by the number of people who wanted to donate blood in the wake of the deadly tragedy, as reported by the Huffington Post.
“Through our grief and through our tears, what remains absolutely constant is our unshakable resolve that we will uproot the bigotry, the fear and the hatred that is at the core of this horror we are enduring,” Equality Florida posted on its Facebook page. “That is our pledge, to be unwavering…Love Wins.”
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