Online fundraiser kicks off to help boat owner
April 23, 2013
Millions of people tuned into the TV on April 19 to see if alleged terrorist and suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would be caught after spreading fear across the Massachusetts capital and its suburbs. The supposed perpetrator was caught after a standoff with local police during which he hid in a family's dry-docked boat.
Prior to being caught, however, a hail of gunfire resulted in the boat being shot up, effectively ruining it. However, the New York Daily News recently reported that individuals are taking advantage of fundraising technology online to raise money for a new boat for the Henneberry family, who had the boat stored in their backyard.
The newspaper detailed that there are two separate groups trying to guarantee the family sets sail again. First, a Facebook group titled "Together We Can Buy Dave Henneberry a New Boat," is asking for donations from the 600 people who have liked it so far. On top of that, someone created a fundraising page on popular donation hosting site Crowdtilt.com which has already collected $7,000.
Agence France-Presse reported that Craig Dunlap started the hosted web page by donating $500 himself, and then 145 people quickly caught on. The news outlet also explained that since the first two initiatives began, other movements have appeared on Facebook and indiegogo.com, a similar fundraising platform.