The next time you sing along to John Legend’s song “All of Me,” remember that he is more than an artist, he’s also a philanthropist! Recently, the singer and songwriter donated $ 5,000 to a GoFundMe campaign which is raising money to pay off student lunch debt in the Seattle Public Schools district. The donation was made quietly, but once it was discovered, earned him hoards of recognition throughout Washington state – and the United States of America.
GoodNewsNetwork reports that the crowdfunding campaign was originally started by John Lew and had an initial goal of $ 20,000. The ambition was to pay off any and all lunch debt accumulated by families who cannot afford to pay for their children’s lunches. When Lew was informed that a $ 5,000 donation had been made, he quickly looked up the individual to thank them. The generous person’s name? John Stephens.
As it turns out, John Stephens was the birth name of musician John Legend. Lew’s sleuthing resulted in this finding. In a note thanking the donor for his contribution, Lew added: “By the way, are you also known as John Legend? Regardless of who you are or not, thank you. You’ve helped a lot.” You can imagine his giddiness when Legend responded, “Yes, it’s me.”
Afterword, Lew took to social media platform Twitter to publicly thank the compassionate singer. Legend then replied: “My pleasure! We should have free lunch for all of our public students!”
$ 5,000 may not seem like a lot, especially considering John Legend likely makes millions. However, his donation resulted in the campaign receiving an abundance of attention. This, in turn, caused it to raise over $ 41,000. All additional funds will go toward paying for students’ meals in the future.
Lew has also started additional crowdfunding campaigns for the Tacoma and Renton school districts, as well. Thanks to contributors’ donations, fewer students will be “lunch shamed” when their balances fall below -$ 15.
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