via CBS News:
“I tweeted because I had absolutely no idea there would be that much support around the idea,” she explained. “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.”
By Tuesday afternoon, Messina had received donations from 675 people for a total of more than $8,600. She set a goal of $50,000. Dozens of people commented on the GoFundMe page, sharing words of encouragement.
Messina was inspired to donate to St. Jude after learning her friend was spending Thanksgiving in the hospital with his grandmother. It’s also her sorority’s designated philanthropy. While Messina can’t come up with the $210,000 she promised, she hopes the effort will at least raise awareness for a good cause.