On Saturday, when Charlotte and Dave Willner set up a fundraiser on Facebook to help reunite migrant families affected by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” approach toward undocumented immigrants, their original goal was to raise $1,500.
However, as of Wednesday, it’s become the largest single fundraiser to date using the social media site’s Fundraisers platform, as over $15 million has been raised from about 393,495 contributors – as at the time of writing this post.
The couple, who are both former employees of the social media giant felt “revulsed” that more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border.
The issue has also caught the attention of tech industry leaders, with Airbnb’s co-founders speaking out in a statement on Twitter saying that the “US government needs to stop this injustice and reunite these families.” Also, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, on Monday said that his company “is dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border.”
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The funds raised in the online campaign is to benefit RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that provides free legal services to immigrants and refugees. The company in a post said that “thanks is inadequate for the work these funds will make possible. We know it will change lives.”
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