Sandy Cunningham, a dining hall employee at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is the recipient of the fundraising efforts organized by a few students Thursday. (Photo from the GoFundMe page)
ST. LOUIS • The power of kindness was on full display Thursday when hundreds rallied around a University of Missouri-Columbia employee.
It took an hour, if that, for a crowdfunding website set up by a few Mizzou fraternity members to reach its $500 goal.
By then, the story was taking on a life of its own on social media, and the fundraising amount continued to climb to more than $5,000.
The students wanted to raise some money for Sandy Cunningham, a Mizzou dining hall employee. A write-up accompanying the fundraising page states that the students asked Cunningham what she would want for Christmas. She told them gift cards to buy gifts for her grandchildren.
Max Keeter, a sophomore and president of Mizzou’s Phi Delta Theta, said some …