College student’s tweet raises over $50,000 in donation for St. Judes
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Danni Messina is a student at Washington State University who said she would donate $0.25 and $0.50 for every retweet and favorite she got on her tweet that aimed to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Messina’s tweet became a viral success with more than 200,000 retweets and over 460,000 favorites.
The total amount Messina’s tweet earned is more than $200,000 after the fundraiser hit Twitter by storm.
Messina wrote on Twitter that she didn’t expect her Tweet to get so many likes and retweets:
Understandably, she was unable to pay the costly amount the Tweet earned, so she created a GoFund Me page that will help her collect donations.
“It started with a friend. He was telling me about his thanksgiving, and how he was spending time with his grandma who was in the hospital. It made me start thinking about the children who were spending their holidays in the hospital, and how it really was a reality for others,” Messina wrote on her GoFundMe page, “Then I tweeted about it. I tweeted because I had absolutely no idea there would be that much support around the idea. So, unfortunately, I don’t have the funds to support this, but here is a link to donate to one of the best hospitals there is. St. Jude is changing lives. This is where we start.”
So far, Messina’s GoFundMe has collected over $50,000 for St. Judes, and she has reached out to Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres.