Send a Random Girl 2 Nursing School

$15,223 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 548 people in 11 months
Donald Carter
on behalf of Alwaysdoinme Mays
 KANSAS CITY, MO
So, I was hungry...I had a long day and didn't make dinner plans. I decided I'd hit the local Popeyes... It's been a while. If I hadn't been hungry, I'd probably be sleep soon. So, when I get to the drive thru (why is 'thru' even spelled that way) window, I notice the girl is obviously tired. So, I sympathize and relate my fatigue to hers... they are nowhere near the same. So I ask, "what do besides this?" "Nothing," she says, "but I'm 'bout to go back to school."

"Oh yeah?" I say. "What you gonna go to school for?"

"Nursing," she said.

"What kind of nurse?" I ask.

"It don't even matter!" she said with desperation.

I could see she was so done with the fast food thing. Even still, she was polite and respectful - far from the typical employee at this same location. Although I admit, it's been a while since I'd been.

I drive off and pull up to my house a few minutes later (yes, it's that close...). I eat my chicken in front of the house (I said I was hungry). And as I messily crunch on some really untasty fried chicken, I get this idea. What if I got some friends together and we put this girl through school to get her CNA license?

I don't know her. Never seen her before today. Nothing. The thought just dawned on me. I have about 1300 or so "Friends" on FB, I think. If I put the call out there, maybe people would want to do something kind for this random young woman. So I'm doing something a little different than I've ever thought before.

I did a little internet search for how much it costs. Looks like about $1500 would put someone through a CNA Course, pay for taking the test, and the license. (Anybody who's a CNA, is that right??)

I figured if I could get about 300 of my FB friends to put up $5 each, we could do it no problem. I'd do a Facebook live broadcast presenting her with the gift if we pulled it off. Just a random act of kindness from a few hundred strangers.

Anybody down?

Yes, I'm serious.
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You guys i wont lie.... This is seriously hard..... And my personal life doesn't really make it better. I went as far as meeting donald a couple times at mcckc and boom...... Funeral after funeral.... Family problem after family problem. Being 29 tryna balance it all by myself is so stressful. So right now im working on getting back settled in a stable home with my mom and just waiting to take every step towards success in a more slow and steady pace. Having a lot of people to make proud and having people who aren't pretty supportive of what i want in my life makes me wanna shrink down to small size and not deal with anyone til my time comes. I didnt know people could be so cruel towards others dreams goals and aspirations..... Even if you were the person who helped them get on their feet. But im a believer and god is with us all. God bless you all thanks and i will make not only me but you all proud due to my success.
Will keep y'all updated..... Have a beautiful and peaceful year full of sharing caring and happiness!!!!
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Thanks PATTY!!!!!! And god bless you as well!!!!!
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Fall classes start Aug 5 everyone!!!!! Practical nurse(PN) is what I'm working towards.....working on taking my accuplacer test(PLACEMENT TEST). Then thru the medical field doors I go......will definitely keep you all posted...... Thanks again angels sent from around the world!!!!!
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As I sit here in the quiet of the end of this day, I am impressed. Impressed with the generosity and kindness of strangers. You all, who are all over this city, this country, have taken an interest in someone you don't know, introduced to you by someone you've never met. That is powerful. The kindness in you is apparent. It is evident. It is strong.

Many people have commended me on what I've done by starting this. But, honestly, what I have done is very simple. I would not be doing much at all, if I did not make it clear that, you who are able to see this message, are the ones who are also "doing" - and even doing more than I have.

On Friday, March....whatever day it was. I'm sorry I can't think right now. Friday, I started this campaign and donated $10... then I invited the amazing people I'm connected with (even just on Facebook) to give $5 each. That blew up into something I, honestly, hadn't even thought about happening.

You kind people who are reading this helped it, made it happen. You are still making it happen. You are the ones who are changing the life of one young lady and the lives of others and your own life in the process. You are changing the world - your world. The feelings that you generate when you give, the kindness you inspire when you share, and the hope you infuse when you look for ways to be kind to the people around you... these are what have made these last few days incredible.

Thank you for being encouraging and affirming with your words. I'm asking that you continue. Continue to give - not just to a GoFundMe campaign for one person. Give your attention to those around you. Give your kindness. This is just the beginning of something good for our worlds. In fact, it's the continuation of the good. This didn't start here - but it continues here.

Practice Random Kindness. Practice. Over and over.

You'll get better at it as you do. What if you and the people around you did that for one another? In the midst of life's troubles, struggles, pains, and the like. In the midst of ease and good times and celebration? Kindness is so simple.

I'm leaving GoFundMe campaign open until it will be almost exactly 1 week from the time I started it. We are beyond what the goal was already. However, continue to share and give out of the extravagant kindness you have in you. Who knows what this will lead to?

I'm excited for the world we are creating.

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James Huh
11 months ago
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OAI, Inc. in South Suburbs of Chicago, currently has a program to pay for CNA training for low income candidates with kids. During training they also pay for childcare and offer additional supportive services upon completion of training. Please call 708-283-5020, if interested in these services. This is real.

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Matthew W. Marcus
11 months ago
7
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The magic of this entire movement is about to go down at the Popeyes restaurant. The energy is palpable. And the recipient still has no idea.

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JoAnn Stephens-Paul
11 months ago
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Yes, 1500 would be enough for a cna but she wants to be a nurse. The real thing!!!!!! :)))))A lot more than 1500, trust me, I am a nurse a RN and it sure didn't cost no 1500.... God Bless that girl.

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Phyllis Coley
10 months ago
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Please reach out to me and I can possibly help her get into a great nursing program. Yes, a nursing program not CNA.

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Marilyn Lisenbee
11 months ago
3
3

Hopefully, she can continue her education and become an LPN then an RN. What a wonderful thing to do for this young woman. A Retired Nurse

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Elizabeth Lorick
11 months ago
3
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She can skip LPN and go right for her RN now awesome!

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Laura Kay
11 months ago
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DUDE... DONALD -- You are amazing!!! Shajuana - May you achieve your greatest life goals and ambitions! You are a special young lady and deserve utmost happiness and success! :)

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Marianne Hafer Schroeder
11 months ago
3
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I'm confused....does she want to be a CNA or a nurse ? I thought she said nurse. With the money that's been raised so far, she could go for nursing. CNAs work hard and the good ones are worth their weight in gold, but the pay sucks. She will make a much better living as a nurse. Please clarify....

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Ellen Bencken
10 months ago
2
2

I am so happy to see we're over $15k. Nursing School education is getting very real! I hope we'll all get an update when you get accepted into a program! From a fellow RN BSN...and your cheerleader!!!!!

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10 months ago
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Loved this story of kindness. Wrote an article about Don at http://jewelsmagazine.org/what-is-your-act-of-kindness/ www.jewelsmagazine.org

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David Alex
10 months ago
2
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I love you brother Donald. You give me hope. Good vibes here....

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Robin D. Moore
10 months ago
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This is truly a "Random Act of Kindness" to have this young lady pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. I am a registered nurse (RN). Being a nurse springs from my childhood. I am grateful to God to have had my undergraduate degree paid for by my employer. I definitely plan to donate to this cause. Good luck young lady and I wish you the best. Put your best foot forward; the results will come!!!!

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Alwaysdoinme
10 days ago
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thanks alot Richard Silvia

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Richard Silvia
10 days ago
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Shajuana Mays, we love you and support you! And you're right, God is always with us. Keep going, knowing you have many cheering for you not because you have to "be" anything, but because we wish for you - happiness. With love and prayers, Richard.

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Patty Hernandez Williams
8 months ago
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Wishing you the BEST! May you achieve your goals and so much more. God Bless you!

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Christine Boone
10 months ago
1
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This is crazy that someone can get donations to go to school but someone that's dying of cancer can't get treatment !!

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Angenetta Wilson
10 months ago
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omg you are soooo amazing.. God bless you

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Katrina Schwerin
22 days ago

This is one of the best uses of Go Fund Me that I have seen. The power of many people to put change in the path of a fellow human! I take a lesson from this, thank you Donald for the example.

$25
Shari Davenport
1 month ago

So, this has been a major step forward for a young lady with a dream, made possible by one man with a kind and special heart, AND the forward-looking generosity of hundreds of people around the country. It's been quite a while since we've had an update from our scholar though! How about a new report on how things are going? It's been almost 6 months in, since August 5th. Were you successful on your entrance exams? What school are you attending? How long is the program going to be? How do you like your classes? Your instructors? Are you into clinicals yet? Can you post a photo of yourself in uniform? Coming from someone who grew up with the same dream, which went unfulfilled for many years due to numerous circumstances, I have a special interest! I also was able to make my entrance into the medical field through a slightly different door, once I became aware of its existence, and with the help of my family, 18 years after high school graduation. That alternate pathway was becoming a Certified Surgical Technologist or C.S.T., which I found I actually had a bigger passion for than nursing. I devoted 15+ years of my working life to it as well. The only reason I ever left it was because of a traumatic work injury which took away not only my ability to function within its physical requirements, but stole my career from me as well. Increasing physical disabilities I was unfortunately born to have later in life took me out of the working world altogether, a few years later, but I would not trade the 15 years I had enjoying my work for anything in the world. It's been said if you truly enjoy what you do, then you'll never "work" a day in your life. While Nursing and associated professions are a bit hard pressed to be completely enjoyable 24/7, there are certainly ample opportunities to make it a fulfilling career! I wish you much joy and many fulfilling opportunities in your chosen career, and would only ask one thing of you. To help lift up someone else you may come across in your life, once you are established in your career, in order that they may do the same for someone else later on in theirs! A sort of "Pay It Forward," if you will. My very best wishes for your future, your career, and your current academic achievements!

$10
Anonymous
5 months ago
$10
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9 months ago
$30
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10 months ago
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$20
Nakeya Drinkard
10 months ago
1
1

Brought tears to my eyes. I wish I had more to give

James Huh
11 months ago
7
7

OAI, Inc. in South Suburbs of Chicago, currently has a program to pay for CNA training for low income candidates with kids. During training they also pay for childcare and offer additional supportive services upon completion of training. Please call 708-283-5020, if interested in these services. This is real.

+ Read More
Matthew W. Marcus
11 months ago
7
7

The magic of this entire movement is about to go down at the Popeyes restaurant. The energy is palpable. And the recipient still has no idea.

+ Read More
JoAnn Stephens-Paul
11 months ago
5
5

Yes, 1500 would be enough for a cna but she wants to be a nurse. The real thing!!!!!! :)))))A lot more than 1500, trust me, I am a nurse a RN and it sure didn't cost no 1500.... God Bless that girl.

+ Read More
Phyllis Coley
10 months ago
3
3

Please reach out to me and I can possibly help her get into a great nursing program. Yes, a nursing program not CNA.

+ Read More
Marilyn Lisenbee
11 months ago
3
3

Hopefully, she can continue her education and become an LPN then an RN. What a wonderful thing to do for this young woman. A Retired Nurse

+ Read More
Elizabeth Lorick
11 months ago
3
3

She can skip LPN and go right for her RN now awesome!

+ Read More
Laura Kay
11 months ago
3
3

DUDE... DONALD -- You are amazing!!! Shajuana - May you achieve your greatest life goals and ambitions! You are a special young lady and deserve utmost happiness and success! :)

+ Read More
Marianne Hafer Schroeder
11 months ago
3
3

I'm confused....does she want to be a CNA or a nurse ? I thought she said nurse. With the money that's been raised so far, she could go for nursing. CNAs work hard and the good ones are worth their weight in gold, but the pay sucks. She will make a much better living as a nurse. Please clarify....

+ Read More
Ellen Bencken
10 months ago
2
2

I am so happy to see we're over $15k. Nursing School education is getting very real! I hope we'll all get an update when you get accepted into a program! From a fellow RN BSN...and your cheerleader!!!!!

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10 months ago
2
2

Loved this story of kindness. Wrote an article about Don at http://jewelsmagazine.org/what-is-your-act-of-kindness/ www.jewelsmagazine.org

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David Alex
10 months ago
2
2

I love you brother Donald. You give me hope. Good vibes here....

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Robin D. Moore
10 months ago
2
2

This is truly a "Random Act of Kindness" to have this young lady pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. I am a registered nurse (RN). Being a nurse springs from my childhood. I am grateful to God to have had my undergraduate degree paid for by my employer. I definitely plan to donate to this cause. Good luck young lady and I wish you the best. Put your best foot forward; the results will come!!!!

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Alwaysdoinme
10 days ago
1
1

thanks alot Richard Silvia

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Richard Silvia
10 days ago
1
1

Shajuana Mays, we love you and support you! And you're right, God is always with us. Keep going, knowing you have many cheering for you not because you have to "be" anything, but because we wish for you - happiness. With love and prayers, Richard.

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Patty Hernandez Williams
8 months ago
1
1

Wishing you the BEST! May you achieve your goals and so much more. God Bless you!

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Christine Boone
10 months ago
1
1

This is crazy that someone can get donations to go to school but someone that's dying of cancer can't get treatment !!

+ Read More
Angenetta Wilson
10 months ago
1
1

omg you are soooo amazing.. God bless you

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