GoFundMe for George Floyd’s Family One of the Biggest Ever
A GoFundMe created on behalf of Floyd's family has become one of the fundraiser site's biggest campaigns ever.
It's been just over one week since George Floyd -- a black man -- was killed in Minneapolis at the hands of police. As the world continues to reel, support has begun flooding in. A GoFundMe campaign created on behalf of Floyd's family has already raised over $9 million in just five days, making it one of the site's largest fundraiser campaigns ever.
"On May 25, 2020, my life shattered as I learned of the tragic passing of my dear brother, George," writes Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd. "My family and I watched in absolute horror as the now infamous and horrifying video began to spread quickly throughout social media. What we saw on that tape left us shell shocked; a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling directly on my brother's neck, obstructing his ability to breathe. As some officers knelt on his neck, other officers participated and watched; no one took any action to save my brother's life. Those officers would continue to brutalize my brother until he died."
The GoFundMe campaign goes on to explain where funds will be used towards, including "funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George" as well as "the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund."
An additional mailing address is provided for anyone who may wish to send cards, letters of encouragement or monetary gifts:
The Estate of George Floyd
c/o Ben Crump Law, PLLC
122 S. Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Attn: Adner Marcelin
Over 143,712 people have made donations towards the GoFundMe campaign, passing the original $1.5 million goal by over $7.6 million. As Bring Me the News notes, most of GoFundMe's largest campaigns have all followed tragedies, including the Humboldt Bronco's hockey team bus crash, a fund for the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting, the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas in Florida and last year's tragedy when a young boy was thrown over the fourth-floor balcony at the Mall of America. That campaign raised over $1 million.