Larry's Fund (Kodiak Island, AK)

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Raised by 42 people in 1 month
On 23 JAN 2018, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck near Kodiak Island, Alaska.  This lead to a tsunami advisory for the greater Pacific Ocean, and particularly Alaska, Canada, western United States and the northern Pacific Islands.

News outlets reported varying degrees of accurate information, but local, on-the-ground reporting was lacking.

Larry Pestrikoff, a resident of Ouzinkie, AK, a small community on Spruce Island (a member of the Kodiak Archipelago), provided 4K+ facebook users (including national and international news organizations) the most definitive on-the-ground account available.  He did so in the middle of the night, from a hand-held mobile phone.  His demeanor, his class, and his reporting was a great relief for thousands of concerned people.

Larry did this kind deed with no preconceived notion of notariety or fame.  He did it because he was there and he cared.

In his livestream, Larry casually mentioned he is working to pay off credit card bills, and he happened to show on his livestream a tomato plant that could desperately use some rehabilitation (how does one grow tomatoes in Alaska anyway?  Liklely just my ignorance showing through.)

This campaign is designed to give what was not asked.  Namely, I know viewers of his livestream are appreciative of his effort to show us what was happening on the ground, and are happy to give a little as a show of gratitude.

Larry has given me permission to ask for what he likely would never.  And I am glad to do the asking for him.

Will you donate a little, to help him get to where he would like to be financially?
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It's time for the last post. My wife and I sent a check for $1000 to Larry today. It should be there within 5 days, and I am sure Larry will let you all know when it arrives, to allay your concerns about me running some scam.

Some observations I had about this experience:
- You don't have to work for the NYT, Fox, MSNBC, etc. to be an excellent journalist. You are an excellent journalist because you bring the news to the people, when and where they need it.
- The generosity of people is humbling. Never underestimate the power of a good deed and the ability of people to want to reward you for that good deed.
- New media / social media is the new way we will connect, and it is very powerful.
- Sometimes a stranger (ME!) will ask if they can help you, and it is not always because they are trying to scam you. That said, remain skeptical. An honest person will shine through the skepticism.

Thank you Larry Pestrikoff. This happened because of you, and I wish you the very best. Maybe someday we will meet.

For everyone else, my request (and this is the only time I will ever ask for something from you specifically for me) is that, one day, you do for someone else something that they deserve but would never ask for. You do it out of kindness, and respect, and love for your fellow humans. Pay it forward, because it will come back to you.

Love to you all.

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Our goal of $1000 has been met. Because of you all.

I will today begin the process of withdrawing the funds from GoFundMe into my personal bank account. I have reached out to Larry to ask him by what method he would like to receive the proceeds.

I want to thank you all. On a tumultuous night in January, Larry gave us the information we needed. I felt he deserved recognition for his efforts. I donated to this campaign like the rest of you, because i believe in people. Larry represents the best in us. And that deserves recognition.

Let us all give selflessly.
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You did it. I'm so very impressed and humbled by your generosity.

Thank you.
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Hello generous supporters! I wanted to thank you for your support of this campaign to say thank you to Larry Pestrikoff. We stand at $870 of a $1000 goal.

At the end of today, I will shut the campaign down, and deliver the proceeds to our friend Larry.

I am grateful for your generosity.

If there is someone out there that you know wanted to say thank you, but somehow it escaped their mind, let them know that now is the time.

If there is some hero out there that want to take us to $1000, now is the time.

You have my gratitude, each and every one of you that recognized the effort, and said than you with your personal funds.

Never underestimate the power you personally have to have a significant effect on someone else's life.
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