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Missouri man raises $11,250 from Facebook concerts

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Shelby County, Missouri, residents have come together to raise several thousand dollars for those who need help with their medical bills.

Shelby County resident Thad Requet, raised $11,250 to support Neighbors Helping Neighbors, an organization that provides financial assistance to people who need help with medical bills.

He said his goal was to give back to a community in need like they've done for him and his family in the past.

Requet said his original goal was $100 dollars but once he started, the money kept rolling in.

"Less than 24 hours it was at $500 and less than 48 hours it was at $750 and then it just exploded from there," Requet said.

A member of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors committee said the organization was able to raise $25,250 this year despite setbacks due to the pandemic.

"Our organization has given out $530,000 dollars up until the last month or two," committee member Donna Mitchell said.

Mitchell said they usually would raise around $20,000 at their annual March fundraiser which got canceled because of COVID-19.

She said that hasn't stopped people from wanting to give.

"This has really showed me is, you always hear a lot of negative and everything especially during a time like this but there's a lot of good people with a lot of good hearts out there and it really opened my eyes to that," Requet said.

The fundraiser that Requet initiated has ended but Mitchell said Neighbors Helping Neighbors has plans to reschedule their fundraiser sometimes this fall.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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