People Gave $25K To Help This Immigrant Kid Go To College, But He’s Doing Something Else With The Money
Remember Gaspar Marcos, the 18-year-old immigrant who only sleeps three hours a day so that he can go to school and work?
The 18-year-old teen’s journey to the United States was multiple living hells: He was orphaned at 5 years old, left Guatemala at 12, and was kidnapped before making it to Los Angeles. Once here, however, Gaspar has taken every little opportunity to make something of his life. He told the Los Angeles Times that he only sleeps about three hours a night because he’s juggling both school and work.
This teen’s hustle inspired so many people.
The Los Angeles Times video profile has been seen more than 10 million times.
On our own page, commenters expressed how Gaspar Marco was such an example.
The powerful video inspired many to open their hearts and wallets to help out Gaspar, so a GoFundMe page was set up for him.
As of this writing, the GoFundMe page has raised more than $24,000, which minus living expenses, will go to pay for college. Gaspar also put out a video thanking his supporters for their generosity.
Being given a platform, the selfless teen asked any lawyers watching the video to volunteer for Kids In Need Of Defense, a nonprofit that provides legal representation to kids like him.
Is it getting dusty in here or is that just me?
But wait, there’s more: Gaspar will also donate half of the money he gets to help his classmates at Casa Libre LA, the shelter home and organization that provided so much support to this wonderful teen.
Pretty much me right now.
Although there’s been much support coming in, the the crowdfunding campaign has only reached 25 percent of their total goal. If you, too, have been moved by Gaspar Marcos’s story, feel free to donate here.
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