The response has been overwhelming. We’ve received donations from all over the U.S, Canada, France, Singapore, Australia, and Vietnam! And while most people donated well beyond $6, I want to recognize the people who only gave that much. There were people who’ve been unemployed for months–struggling to pay the rent, who reached out and donated. I also had people emailing me saying–why are you only asking for $6?! The reason is simple. It’s a tough time in our economy, but most people want to help. They want to make a difference. They want to count. That $6 will buy 2 boxes of noodles and can sustain a family for a week. Struggling students gave $6, so did strangers, the unemployed–and regular people who felt it was enough to be involved. While I am very grateful to those who gave hundreds, and to those whom I know are planning to give me much more, I am also incredibly grateful to the one person who gave me $3. That’s 30 packages of noodles–more than what one family had yesterday. And so I thought, if the majority of my FB friends gave $6…(i have now over 1500) that’s a huge amount of money when it comes to Vietnam. And between those who couldn’t give, those who gave a little bit, and those who gave a lot, we’re going to help hundreds, even thousands of families. I came into work and a co-worker, who actually had to introduce herself to me because we don’t actually work “together”, gave me a check for $100. It brought tears to my eyes that she and all of you would be willing to part with your hard-earned money,to help people on the other side of this earth. People you don’t and won’t ever know. People who can’t begin to imagine why you care enough, but are so grateful that you do.
I’m grateful too.