Anthony Torres Assistance Fund
The video another passenger filmed & posted on Twitter was viewed millions of times.
He told the Associated Press, “My life is all screwed up. That’s the reason I was shaving on the train."
We are trying to raise money for Anthony to help him get back on his feet.
I have reached out to the writer of the AP piece for Anthony's contact info, so we can set him up as recipient. To make sure the money is handled appropriately, GoFundMe is locking withdrawals until either Anthony or a shelter is set up.
Note: Anthony's brother and GoFundMe are now in contact and GFM will facilitate the transfer of funds to him.
[Outdated Note] I have reached Anthony's family and am working with his brother and him to facilitate the transfer via GoFundMe, through GFM's validation.
[Outdated Note] Note: We have reached out to the author of the AP piece for Anthony's information. If he does not want the money the money will go to a shelter or facility that assists people transitioning out of homelessness in his area. All receipts will be posted upon transfer for validation. Should the Torres family not want the donation, suggestions are welcome on preferred orgs/non-profits/shelters in that area so the money goes to a good place.
The campaign to assist Anthony has been featured in:
Homeless to Hopeful: Man in Viral Train Shaving Video Now Has a Home
Today Anthony was able to withdraw the money! The delay was incurred from a few logistical hurdles (preparing everything on his end to get ready for a sizable deposit) and GoFundMe's internal verification to ensure the money was, in fact, going to him. You'll now see him listed as the beneficiary on the screen.
He is planning on purchasing a small trailer so he has a permanent residence.
After fees, he received $39,947 (and counting!)
Fun fact: He received donations from all 50 states and 24 countries!
Donations from here on will automatically be deposited into his account!
Thank you again for donating and please feel free to share the donation link should you know anyone else who would be willing to help him!
To make sure the money is handled appropriately, GoFundMe is locking withdrawals until either Anthony or a shelter (see plan B in campaign description) is set up.