Louisiana flood victims raise millions via social media with GoFundMe

The GoFundMe community has a history of coming together when a natural disaster strikes.

When a massive string of thunderstorms dumped three-months worth of rain on Louisiana over a couple of days earlier this month, many communities were devastated by flooding.

That’s when the people at GoFundMe sprung into action.

In less than a week, more than 3,400 GoFundMe campaigns have raised nearly $3 million to support the victims of the rising waters.

Some celebrities have even gotten in on the action. Season eight runner-up of NBC’s The Voice, Meghan Linsey, has taken a break from making new music to raise money for her home state with a GoFundMe campaign.

“I’m from there, so I knew about the flooding and I knew what was going on, but a lot of that was through my friends who live there,” said Linsey. “I wasn’t seeing a ton on the news at first, so I don’t think people realized how bad it was.”

First launched in 2010, GoFundMe is a unique crowdfunding site that allows campaign organizers to create personal appeals for donations to deal with life’s toughest situations.

From medical bills to natural disasters, users can invite others to easily donate to causes, spreading charitable campaigns rapidly via social networks such as Facebook.

More than $7 million was raised on GoFundMe in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes. Campaign organizers raised $2.5 million for victims of the 2015 California wildfires, and over $1.1 million for survivors of the storms in the Carolinas this past year.

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