More Than $165,000 Raised For Woman Who Let A Stranger Inside Her Home During Blizzard


  • A mother-of-three named Sha’Kyra Aughtry rescued a disabled man from the blizzard in Buffalo, New York on Christmas.
  • The man’s coworker decided to launch a GoFundMe campaign to thank Sha’Kyra.
  • Thousand of strangers rallied to give donations, raising more than $165,000 for her so far.

A mother of three saved a stranger’s life during the deadly Christmas blizzard in Buffalo, New York, and now, thousands of strangers have rallied to thank her for her kindness.

On Christmas day, Sha’Kyra Aughtry posted a video on Facebook asking for help. Sha’Kyra said she found a man on the street screaming for help and decided to let him inside her home. The stranger, identified as Joe White, was injured, but emergency services were unable to get to him due to extreme weather conditions.

Photo Credit: Sha’Kyra Rain Aughtry (Facebook)

White, who has special needs, was finally taken to ECMC Hospital in Buffalo for treatment after two days.

“It was very devastating and heartbreaking to even see someone so helpless, who just needed some help,” Sha’Kyra told CNN on December 28.

White’s coworker, Chris Dearing, heard the story and created a GoFundMe page for Aughtry to thank her for trouble feeding, bathing, and tending to his friend’s injuries.

Photo Credit: GoFundMe

“Without her generous spirit and fierce determination to get Joe help, my friend would be dead,” Dearing wrote. “Sha’Kyra did all of this without any thought of reward, but she deserves one, and so does her family.”

The goal was to raise $20,000 for Sha’Kyra. But, as of December 30, thousands of strangers have raised more than $165,000, with many of them saying they were touched by her kindness. 

Source: GoFundMe

A donor named Sarah Dorger wrote that Sha’Kyra showed her children the true meaning of “love your neighbor.”

“You’ve sent hope across the world by helping Joe. You gave us a glimpse at an angel,” a donor named Stephanie Mingo wrote.

White’s sister, Yvonne, thanked Sha’Kyra, writing “We gained a family. I’m looking at my sister, I’m looking at Trent who’s my brother,” Yvonne told CNN, referring to Sha’Kyra’s boyfriend, who helped rescue White. “This woman, what she did, above and beyond for a stranger,” she added.

Dearing has also set up a GoFundMe page for White’s medical bills with a goal of $20,000. As of this writing, it has raised nearly $100,000.

Source: Insider


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