Tue - May 17th, 2022 7:21 am

Controversial Facebook post prompts Fargo woman to start fundraiser for homeless man


FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – A Fargo woman is raising money in hopes of helping a man she never met get back on her feet, and it all started with a Facebook post.

Just after 7:30 on Tuesday morning, one of the members of the Facebook group ‘Fargo Can’t Park’ posted a photo of a messy car ‘good grief !!’

“It only made a negative sense, in a disgusting way,” said Trisha Lake.

Every minute new comments flooded, and many people came in to say that the man who owned the car was a homeless veteran.

When you see this situation, something is happening. It seems like something is happening in their life that they probably need a little help, not someone with messy kids. This decision sat in my stomach wrong, ”Lake said.

He did it for many other band members as well. Some reviewers offered to pay for the next tab of the car, as well as an oil change. But Lake took this one step further. Setting up GoFundMe With a target of $ 7800, it will cover one year’s rent in an apartment plus a security deposit.

“I think it would be very cool to provide a home for someone for just one year. It takes time to get up. “It takes time to get things done if you have mental health problems,” he said.

But there is much left: What if the man doesn’t ask for help? What if it is not found again? Or what if he’s not actually homeless or needs financial assistance?

“With that money, we can really make a big difference. I hope it’s for him, but if he doesn’t want it, then we’ll take it and go back and make someone else’s life amazing.” Lake said, if it doesn’t work, the money goes to local homeless shelters, programs for veterans, and / or she says she will go to mental health care.

Lake, which owns TLC Cleaning in Fargo, provides those who feel compelled to donate. GoFundMe, all the money collected will go to the man or to a good cause.

“Doing something unethical would be really stupid for me. As a business owner, I have a lot to lose, so it’s not something that I would ever think of, ”Lake said.

Lake says that both the Gladys Ray Homeless shelter and the VA are working with him in hopes of finding the man and, if accepted, will help allocate the money to him.

He added that while social media is a dark and toxic food, the change you want to see in the world is up to you.

“People make fun of mental health, make fun of homelessness, make fun of people with disabilities. “The more we use it on social media, the more we are naive about the kindness in the world,” Lake said.

Lake also urges those in the community not to call the man, as the last thing anyone would want is to scare him.

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