College Fund for Homeless Teen

$4,145 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 71 people in 31 months
Emily Wetzel  WILMINGTON, NC
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We come across viral inspiring stories on our newsfeeds everyday, we read them, we smile and we move on with our day.  Recently I read an article accompanied by a video about a homeless teen named Kendal Benjamin, who at 17 years old is wise beyond his years.  I moved on with my day, but Kendal lingered on my mind for the remainder of the weekend.  The article was titled, "Homeless teen refuses to give into labels," eloquently written by Meaghan Norman of WISTV.  The reason this story touched me was not out of pity, but because I was so inspired by this young man.  Kendal currently resides at Palmetto Place Children's Shelter with 19 other children.  I remember my own transition from highschool to college and how difficult it was to be "independent" and away from my family home.  I was not financially independent from my parents like many 18 years old are, but the pressures of being forced to have adult responsibilities while still being labeled as a child caused confusion and frustration.  I thought about Kendal and the trials he will have to face without the financial support that many young adults have while entering college life.  I decided that as a community it would be nice to come together and reward him for speaking out and being brave enough to tell his story.  This is not out of pity for Kendal, or to make him a "charity case" because he seems extremely capable on his own. This is simply being inspired and seeing how many people feel kindness and genorosity for a young, inspirational and motivated teenager who will surely make a mark in this world. 

Love and light,

Emily Wetzel
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Update 6
27 months ago

Hi everyone I just wanted to let you know that Kendal has turned 18 and will be receiving a check for 3,796.34 (gofundme.com takes out 5% of total upon withdrawal) within 7-10 business days to start his life. Thank you for all of the donations towards helping this promising young man get ahead.
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Update 5
29 months ago

I wanted to update everyone on the great news I just received from Kendal's lawyer. The school district is setting up an escrow account for Kendal and I will possibly be able to transfer the funds this week. I am so overwhelmed at the support from the local communities who have almost made this goal a reality. The school district will also issue a statement that will instruct the public on where further donations can be accepted. Thank you again everyone.
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Update 4
29 months ago

Hello Everyone, I wanted to update you on the progress that is being made behind the scenes! I am in the process of getting in contact with members of Kendal's school district (attorney) and also a wonderful attorney that has stepped up on his behalf in order to get an account set up in his name that all these funds will be transferred into. I don't know an exact timeline for this process as it is out of my hands but I assure you this money will reach him if it's the last thing I do before summer! Thank you again to everyone that has donated, I know your kindness will surely make a difference.

Emily
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Update 3
30 months ago

Hello again! I wanted to remind everyone to keep encouraging friends and associates to donate as I am going to keep the fundraiser live for about two more weeks until releasing the funds to Kendal. Right now $2,435.66 is directly available to give to him after the percentage that Gofundme.com takes out (5%) in order to use this service (See terms and conditions). Once again thank you to everyone that has donated as you will surely make a difference in securing this young man's future.
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Leigh Harmon
30 months ago

By holding one person's hand and showing support a secure bond develops. That bond will continue on and quietly do it's job to bond others together for good. That will be the begining of building a strong foundation that future generations will continue build good upon. Leigh

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$4,145 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 71 people in 31 months
Created March 7, 2014
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$10
Roshawn Brown
28 months ago
$20
Anonymous
28 months ago
CP
$50
Christopher purvis
28 months ago
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$50
Preston Vanderfinch
29 months ago
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$1,000
Meena
29 months ago

To Kendall's education!

CK
$100
Courtney Kerr
30 months ago

Everyone needs help getting started...keep faith in The Lord and he will bless you in all you do!

JW
$50
Janice Wetzel
30 months ago

Second time around. He's worth it. And so are you.

KK
$200
kelley kenny
30 months ago
$200
Anonymous
30 months ago
$50
Anonymous
30 months ago
Leigh Harmon
30 months ago

By holding one person's hand and showing support a secure bond develops. That bond will continue on and quietly do it's job to bond others together for good. That will be the begining of building a strong foundation that future generations will continue build good upon. Leigh

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