Last week we told you about how Black Friday 2011 meant the end of life as she knew it for a 73-year-old Walmart greeter. Across the country as people heard about Jan Sullivan’s story, many were touched. On the eve of last Black Friday, Sullivan was told by a manager to guard a Walmart entrance. After a shopper pushed Sullivan at her post, she reached out and grabbed the shopper’s sweater in what she claims to be an instinct to prevent herself from falling. She was fired three days later after the incident was caught on camera.
After she was denied unemployment benefits due to the nature of her termination, she fell into debt and was forced to sell her home. Now struggling to get by daily, her story was chronicled by the Tampa Bay Times in a moving article that inspired many to help. One such person, a former neighbor of Sullivan, began an Indiegogo.com page for her, urging others to help her raise money for the now debt stricken senior citizen. That page has now raised $2,500 as of this morning, with a goal of $5000. But, that’s not the only Indiegogo page dedicated to Sullivan. It’s actually one of three, with another raising $170 and originating in Texas and one that has yet to make money, originating in Tennessee.
Sullivan, who doesn’t own a computer, said she never expected the outpouring of support, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Besides the fundraising on the web, others have offered checks, cash, housing, and even the simple gift of friendship.
“She just keeps saying, ‘I can’t believe how many people care about me.’” said Amy Wetherbee, the neighbor who began fundraising for Sullivan.
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