Gabbi Doolin Memorial Fund
Thank you all for the donations! I decided to raise the goal because of the outpouring of donations. We hit the goal in a matter of hours! I had no idea the goal would be met so soon. You all are amazing! Thank you again for donating and if you haven't donated, any amount will be greatly appreciated.
My name is Mark Keen, I live in the same small town, Scottsville Kentucky, as Gabby. I have known the Doolin family for at least 25 years. I grew up with Gabby's father Brian. I know Brian's mother and father. We all went to church together for years.
I started this fund for the Doolin family to be used for funeral expenses, living expenses, lost wages and any other expense that they need or deem necessary. I talked to Brian last night and told him that this money is for his family whenever they want or need it. When he or his wife decide it is needed I will give all passwords for the account to them and contact Gofundme.com to let them know that the Doolin family are the beneficiaries of this campaign/account so that the Doolin family can set up the information to recieve the money from the campaign. Thank you again for contributing even if it was just a comment, it was greatly appreciated.
Just a quick update, I just named Brian as the beneficiary of the account. He has received an email from Gofundme.com and is in the process of setting up his information to use the funds from this campaign. Words cant express the gratitude that this family and I have for your very kind and generous donation and comments. Thank you so very much! I will leave this fund open until the donations stop. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you! May God bless you all and keep the Doolin family in your prayers!
I want to give you an update and make sure I am being as transparent as possible. Gofundme.com has placed a hold on the funds until I name the Doolin family as beneficiaries of this fund. I have contacted another close friend of the family, and I have received information to give to Gofundme.com so that the Doolin family can set up the account in their names. I have informed Gofundme.com who this fund is for and what is to be used for also. Until then the money cannot be touched, by anyone, period.
I know that there has been an issue of the "goal" being raised by one person. First of all, when the account is set up a goal has to be set. There is no way around it. Gofundme.com allows the goal to be moved. I first set it at $10K and hoped it would be reached. As it neared that within a few hours I moved it to $20K, and when it reached that, I left it there until it reached $26K. I started receiving emails and texts to raise it. I did just that, I raised it to $40K, so I wouldn't have to move it again so soon. Honestly, I hope it goes to $1 million! I started this fund to help with funeral costs, living expenses, lost wages and anything that they needed or deemed necessary.
I want to thank you all personally for your donations, prayers and words of encouragement! All of the "thank you's" that were sent out were done manually not automatically. I tried to keep up but, there was just no way. So, please take this as my personal thank you to each and everyone that has donated their hard earned money, and taken the time to express their sympathy to this family and fund!
Lastly, I want to say that this family needs support and positive reassurance. This is not a blog to express negativity so, if there is an insensitive comment posted to the comments section of this fund, rest assured, it will be deleted as soon as I see it or someone brings it to my attention! Thank you to everyone that has sent me emails and messages to alert me to this!
Again, thank you everyone! You have left me in awe of your generosity! May God bless you all!
Nancy Oliver you're right about one thing, they are trying to get as much money as possible. As someone who's fiancé was brutally beaten to death by three men with baseball bats I can assure you thirty thousand dollars is NOT as much as you think. Aside from funeral costs there will be days when the parents can't work not to mention the YEARS of therapy they may need. Seven years since my fiancés murder and I'm still in therapy. The family may decide they can't stand to be in the car they owned that the little girl was in, I sold my car after my fiancés death and even had to get a new bed. The family may need money for legal fees to come depending on what happens WHEN not if the murderer is found. You have no idea the hell this family is in for. They're not stealing or scamming anyone. People are giving because they want to. Instead of being negative and nasty you really should just sit back, hug your loved ones and appreciate the fact that you're completely ignorant to what is to come for this family.
I would like to say not as an advocate or a friend of this family (we've never met) but as a parent of a deceased child, to those of you who think that the $30,000 raised is more than enough, it's not! its a lot of money, yes, but this money raised is not just for this beautiful girls funeral. There are a lot of expenses associated with the funeral etc. that you don't realize, plus this family has not even felt the full weight of the grief and sadness they're about to endure for the rest of their lives! There will be a lot of missed work ahead as they mourn the loss of their only daughter and also when the time comes that the person responsible for taking her life is brought to justice, this may take months or years and taking the weight of their financial burdens will be a huge blessing as they endure this journey! May God give them strength and courage in this, the worst days of their lives, amen!
I get so tired about hearing when people complain about some recieving "to much". Its non of your business. If you dont like it, please get off this page. I dont know this family, but if people want to donate hundreds of thousands who cares. Its our money to donate, not yours. I cant imagine losing my 8 year old in this manner and would not even be able to get out of bed, yet alone work. If you dont agree, keep your money in your pocket. Me, i have love and compassion for all and if my contribution will alllow this family not to have to worry about working for even just one day, then i have done good.
Nancy the reason they have raised the goal for,donations is pretty simple. Not only is it for,funeral expenses but it's for whatever they may need. There will be funeral costs, they still have the responsibility of paying their everyday bills and at a point in time where it would be almost impossible to return to work. You have no idea the torment, pain, grief and not to mention the hell they are suffering right now. Money is a trivial thing compared to what they are facing ahead of them but it sure would help them keep their heads above water in preperation for the long journey ahead of them. There will be more lost time from work, court costs when the murderer is caught , charged and taken to trial. None of this will be easy for them nor will it be cheap. Be grateful that you yourself are not having to endure such a heartache, and remain compassionate to this family. The campaign starter meant no ill will at all and is only trying to help this family/friend ease the burdens that are sure to follow ahead. It shouldnt matter what monetary amount is collected. What matters is that each and everyone of us who have donated has done it of our own accord because we are saddened by this family's loss. We give because we feel the need to and because we want to. They need all the help they can recieve right now and $30,000 isn't a whole lot when the average funeral cost is between 15-20 grand. This is just a start of,what they will need for the future that lies ahead. For the Doolin Family I am so sorry for your loss. Just know that Gabby is watching over you and her spirit is with you. May God grant you the peace, strength and understanding that you will need to get you through. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless. R.I.P and fly with the Angels Sweet Gabby!!
A message to Doolin Faily and friends. There is a medical term called Microchimerish, it explains that, in the womb, exchange between mother and child work both ways, the mother gives to the child, but cells also cross from the child into the mother. Studies have found those cells in womens bodies even 30years after they were pregnant. Gabby is very much alive, she lives in her mother (and i believe in everybody that cherishes a memory of her) and will continue to live. alive although not present. Gabby is alive in her mother and in all that met her. When you cry she cries, when you laugh she laughs. May Love sustain you.
Let's remember this family has asked for NOTHING but for us to pray. Let's leave our negativity off of here. Please rember this family is going to be looking at this and we want them to feel our support not see others questioning motives. If you can give do, if you can't give leave a kind word and of you can't leave any kinds words please keep unkind words from this page.
Nancy Oliver,How dare you,you have no CLUE what these people are going through and will continue going through till they draw their last breath.They have lost the ultimate loss,they would rather have their child back in their arms more than anything else in this world,have you ever suffered the loss of a child?I doubt it or you wouldnt have made the comment you made,better watch the things you think and say because one day you may be in their shoes and only then will you ever understand.I know because Im a grieving parent myself.I pray they get so much that they dont have to worry about trying to go back to work or worry about their bills ,I pray that people will continue to give and pray for them,I pray that God will give them peace and comfort,this family is forever changed,and this pain they feel is neverending.
I lost my son who was born too soon in August. (I know a baby at 16 weeks gestation and a 7 year old are two different things but bear with me because there are similarities.) when a child is lost, it's not just the loss of the child that goes with it. You lose every smile, every birthday/Christmas/etc, proms, weddings, grandchildren -- you lose a lifetime of dreams and plans you had for this child. A grieving parent never truly recovers. That being said, $30,000.00+ may seem like a lot of money to some but the expenses will go far beyond the funeral and no money can compare to what the family lost. There will be days that work isn't an option, possible therapy, etc. I hope someone can remove that comment. I also hope the monster(s) responsible are found soon and punished justly.
Nancy Oiler, shame on you! How can you be so negative. These parents are going through the absolute worst thing a parent can ever experience!!! $30,000 is NOTHING. I am sure it will be weeks, if not months or years before they have the strength and stamina to return to work. I can't even imagine having the strength to get out of bed. I certainly pray you never face tragedy like this and if you do - I certainly hope no one is so horrible to repeat and say some of the things you have said....Shame on you! God Bless you Doolin Family - your little angel is with our Heavenly Father and out of this cruel cruel world.
There are no magical words I can say to ease you paint though I wish there were. No parent should ever endure this and I'm so very deeply sorry for your loss...my heart breaks for your entire family! I'm so blown away at how quickly everyone has rallied together for support and to raise funds... At least if nothing else know that you are most certainly not alone....you have an entire community here for you! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Ridiculous for anyone to speak of greed! You know...losing anyone in your life is hard but this is THEIR 7 YEAR OLD BABY! Of course there will be extended time off to deal with their grief. Funeral expenses. Home and bill expenses. Time off work to attend trial when they catch the SOB! Shame on you for questioning anyone's needs beyond your own to begin with. God bless this family with as much as anyone can give. May prayers be with them.....and with you and your soul...wherever it may be!
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. The heart is like a treasure chest That's filled with souveniors It's where we keep the memories We've gathered through the years. Also I'd like to say up the amount for we all know the holidays are coming, and if we can continue to help this precious family out during the holidays because they haven't even had time to grieve for their angel yet. Is this not what Christmas is about to help our neighbors. Lean on your Faith for that is the only thing that is going to get you through. God Bless the Doolin Family.
First i want to say how sorry I am. I cant even begin to imagine what this family is going thru right now.....my thoughts an prayers are with them...its amazing to me how everyone is coming together to help them...its just amazing...secondly I think the last thing this family needs is someones negative comments...the family is trying to hold it together one of the hardest things possible after loosing a child..so I think if you dont have anything positive or nice to say then keep your comments to your self. Again for the family may god wrap his arms around them an hold them tight...thoughts and prayers are with you god bless you....R.I.P. gabby heaven has truly gained an angel.