Teen’s viral Thanksgiving tweet raises nearly $60K for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

A college student ended up raising tens of thousands of dollars for St. Jude’s Children’s Research after a Thanksgiving tweet went viral.

Washington State University sophomore Danni Messina got to spend a nice holiday with her family, but for many families, including one of Messina’s close friends, that isn’t the case.

“He’s like ‘oh, you know, I spend it why my grandma in the hospital’, and so I was like ‘wow, that’s actually a thing that people do that’s actually so common,’” she said.

Messina concocted a plan to make her friends favorite and retweet her in exchange for donations to St. Jude’s Hospital, where many sick children have to spend their holidays.

With just about 700 followers at the time Messina sent the tweet, there was no way to know it would go viral.

“Then I tweeted it out, I’m like ‘you know what, I’m going to give back to St. Jude’ and kind of only expected like 50 retweets, 100 likes, maybe,” she said.

While traveling back to school from Thanksgiving break, that tweet began getting a lot of attention.

Messina was expecting to donate around $500, but was soon on the line for $50,000 as the tweet kept growing.

Messina couldn’t afford that amount, but wanted to keep her promise, so she set up a GoFundMe page, which raised $50,000 in just three days.

“I woke up and someone texted me ‘Danni, you met your goal’ and I literally just started crying,” she said.

Since Messina reached her fundraising goal so quickly, she’s ready to see just how far she can go. By Thursday, the page had raised more than $58,000.

Original Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *