A tragic loss brought thousands together for young Jordyn Grace, who lost her mother.
One activist has rallied people together to donate a whopping $100,000 for a 3-year-old girl whose mother died saving her when flooding from Hurricane Harvey hit their Beaumont, Texas, neighborhood.
On Tuesday, Jordyn Grace was found by rescuers, holding onto her mother Colette Sulcer. The 41-year-old former nurse was unresponsive and later pronounced dead, according to a statement released on the Beaumont Police Facebook page.
“Mama was saying her prayers,” the 3-year-old told a relative while recovering from hypothermia in the hospital, according to The New York Times.
And as the death toll continues to rise, this particular story struck a chord with entrepreneur and civil rights activist Michael Skolnik. Wednesday night, the co-founder of a social impact campaign company called The Soze Agency, started a GoFundMe page to support Jordyn. Within 11 hours, the page surpassed its goal of $100,000.
“I don’t know this young girl or her family, but I feel the necessity to help them out during these very difficult times,” Skolnik wrote in the GoFundMe page description. “I will make sure 100 percent of all money donated (will) go to Jordyn’s education and support. As someone who has given my entire life to social causes, I cannot sleep until we do something for this little girl. As a father, my heart is broken. Please join me in supporting this girl’s future.”
And while some expressed concern about the money getting to the 3-year-old, others defended Skolnik’s credibility. He served as a political director to media mogul Russell Simmons, according to The New York Times, which reported on his use of social media to engage with people about civil rights issues.
Skolnik updated the page Thursday morning to inform donors that he had spoken with a relative and would be speaking with Jordyn’s family on the phone to discuss the best plan for the young girl. He also took time to thank everyone for their contributions to such a worthy cause.
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“The outpouring of donations made me want to wake up my 4-year-old son just to show him the goodness of people's heart,” Skolnik shared on Facebook as he saw the donations coming in. “Please give and share her story.”