The power of social media has been realized once again and a tragedy for many has turned into hope.
After a tragic accident early Sunday morning which killed recent Salisbury University graduate Janelle Oni, friends and sorority sisters (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.) of Oni’s teamed up together to launch a fund which helped pay for any funeral costs which her family will incur.
The goal was to raise $10,000 but since Sunday, when the fund started, donations have soared past what organizers expected. As of late Monday night after 1,200 shares all over various social media sites, the fund has raised $11,154.
Because GoFundMe, the site used to raise money, has no time limits; the campaign will most likely continue for the time-being. GoFundMe takes 5% of whatever funds are raised for their own operational purposes but they allow withdrawals to be processed at any time.
Pulsefeedz was not able to get in contact with organizers at the time of this posting to learn what the next plan was for this process but many fellow sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. have expressed their gratitude and appreciation on social media due to the kindness and generosity of 442 donors and counting.
I’m so speechless. I’m so grateful. You guys cannot tell me that God isn’t real. If you didn’t know my sister, she was the epitome of selfless. She dedicated her life to God by giving and uplifting people. Her smile was contagious, and her compassion was incomparable. She lived and loved with her whole being. She was a role model and left a legacy of greatness on our campus and in our community.
Your contributions mean so much to us. We thank each and every person who gave their time, money and sent prayers to support my sister, her family and community. We can never repay you but we pray that God bestows the best blessings in your life. May you all find comfort in knowing Janelle is in the best company and care with our Lord and Creator.
Rest in Peace Janelle
MY TAKE: Social media has turned a mess into a message. The reaction to this unfortunate incident proves again that there is still hope for humanity. We still care and love one another even if we don’t know each other.
Janelle touched so many lives and the outpouring of support has happened for a reason. What’re you doing to make an impact on your friends, your family and your community? As a friend and colleague, thanks for all the memories Janelle. We miss you already.
DONATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED AT http://tinyurl.com/JanelleOni
– Jessie Karangu