Send a Random Girl 2 Nursing School

$15,223 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 548 people in 15 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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Hey guys know it's been a while. But got great news.... June 13, 2018 I got hired and will start training for P.C.A. tomorrow. I can say this is the best birthday gift a person could ever have on their birthday. Thanks alot everyone and I will keep ya updated!!!!!!!
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Hey guys know it's been a while. But got great news.... June 13, 2018 I got hired and will start training for P.C.A. tomorrow. I can say this is the best birthday gift a person could ever have on their birthday. Thanks alot everyone and I will keep ya updated!!!!!!!
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Hey guys know it's been a while. But got great news.... June 13, 2018 I got hired and will start training for P.C.A. tomorrow. I can say this is the best birthday gift a person could ever have on their birthday. Thanks alot everyone and I will keep ya updated!!!!!!!
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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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James Huh
14 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
15 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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Phyllis Coley
14 months ago
5
5

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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JoAnn Stephens-Paul
14 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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Marilyn Lisenbee
14 months ago
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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
14 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
14 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
14 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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Jason
2 months ago
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I know a girl that would be perfect for this she is working so hard to be a nurse

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Ellen Bencken
14 months ago
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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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Christine Boone
14 months ago
2
2

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

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Robin D. Moore
14 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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Kellen
28 days ago
1
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current nursing student. previous degree from A&M. bartender my entire way. been a dream of mine to become s nurse. I understand completely what student loans mean. over Christmas break I saved to join a CNA class and got my CPR instructors license. left the bars bc I was awake 5 days out of the week with clinicals, school and work. ended up taking a step back bc of the work load and lack of sleep. just finished my first semester and have 3 more left. I work part time as a ED scribe and teach high school kids CPR for free to help prepare them if a situation were to present itself while on campus in today’s society. I plan on joining the Military to serve as an officer nurse to pay back my student loans and work towards getting into grad school for NP. Never seen myself joining but my loans are crazy and feel it’s the best way to pay them back and reach my goal as a “acute NP”

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Jinn
1 month ago
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go fund me to get my daddy a head stone.

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Jinn
1 month ago
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can help my link

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Alwaysdoinme
4 months ago
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thanks alot Richard Silvia

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Richard Silvia
4 months 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
12 months ago
1
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Wishing you the BEST! May you achieve your goals and so much more. God Bless you!

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Katrina Schwerin
4 months 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
5 months 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
9 months ago
$10
Anonymous
13 months ago
$30
Anonymous
13 months ago
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$20
Nakeya Drinkard
14 months ago
1
1

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

James Huh
14 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
15 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
Phyllis Coley
14 months ago
5
5

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
JoAnn Stephens-Paul
14 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
Marilyn Lisenbee
14 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
14 months ago
3
3

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

+ Read More
Laura Kay
14 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
14 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
Jason
2 months ago
2
2

I know a girl that would be perfect for this she is working so hard to be a nurse

+ Read More
Ellen Bencken
14 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!!!!!

+ Read More
Christine Boone
14 months ago
2
2

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
14 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

+ Read More
David Alex
14 months ago
2
2

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

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RM
Robin D. Moore
14 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!!!!

+ Read More
Kellen
28 days ago
1
1

current nursing student. previous degree from A&M. bartender my entire way. been a dream of mine to become s nurse. I understand completely what student loans mean. over Christmas break I saved to join a CNA class and got my CPR instructors license. left the bars bc I was awake 5 days out of the week with clinicals, school and work. ended up taking a step back bc of the work load and lack of sleep. just finished my first semester and have 3 more left. I work part time as a ED scribe and teach high school kids CPR for free to help prepare them if a situation were to present itself while on campus in today’s society. I plan on joining the Military to serve as an officer nurse to pay back my student loans and work towards getting into grad school for NP. Never seen myself joining but my loans are crazy and feel it’s the best way to pay them back and reach my goal as a “acute NP”

+ Read More
Jinn
1 month ago
1
1

go fund me to get my daddy a head stone.

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Jinn
1 month ago
1
1

can help my link

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Alwaysdoinme
4 months ago
1
1

thanks alot Richard Silvia

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Richard Silvia
4 months 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.

+ Read More
Patty Hernandez Williams
12 months ago
1
1

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

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