SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Quaranteam raised over $30,000 to support families at Logan Elementary School on Tuesday.
The goal was to raise $28,000 in 24 hours to purchase a $50 gas and $50 grocery gift card for each family at Logan Elementary School.
Thanks to the generosity of the community, now more families will receive the help.
"As the principal of Logan, my heart is full right now. My deepest gratitude to the Spokane Community. Our families at Logan will benefit greatly from your generosity," Jessica Vigil, Principal of Logan Elementary School, said.
Rick Clark, Founder of Spokane Quaranteam and Giving Backpacks, also thanked the community for their support.
"I want you to know that there's people right across the street from you that are struggling, and if you don't know that, you don't know," Clark said. "We want to thank you for your kind hearts and giving to those in need."
Clark said he was once homeless himself.
"I remember being that family. We're not going to let you fall. We're too big of a city. We have too much compassion to let anyone fall down. We're going to do all we can," Clark said.
He said he wants to help relieve some of the financial burdens these families may be experiencing.
"Hearing from those families really made it hit home for me," Clark said.
"These are families that are sitting on the edge of their seats hoping they can get a $50 gas or grocery card."
Clark said donations were pouring in even before the fundraiser went live.
By 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Clark had already collected $18,000. By 5 p.m., Clark reported he had raised $23,000.
Clark said he anticipates the number of donations to continue to grow over the week.
People were encouraged to send checks to his P.O. box as well as through Venmo (@HelpSpokane), Cash App ($HelpSpokane) and PayPal (HelpSpokane@gmail.com).
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