Originally by Yi-Jin Yu via GMA/ABC News
People have come together to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for two Buffalo, New York, residents after a historic blizzard ravaged western New York over the Christmas holiday. The city received 51 inches of snow, a record for two days.
An online fundraiser for Sha’Kyra Aughtry has raised over $168,000 while another fundraiser for Joe White has raised over $94,000 in just three days.
Aughtry and White caught the attention of Facebook users after Aughtry went live on the social media platform, putting out a desperate plea on behalf of White on Christmas night.
“I currently have [an] older 64-year-old white man in my house. I found him yesterday. I heard him screaming for help on my street. I’m looking out the window, when I looked out the window, he was getting blown up and down the street. It was out of control,” Aughtry said in her 15-minute live video.
Aughtry explained that her boyfriend had helped bring White into their home and that the older man had “big ice balls” and gangrene on his hands, panning the video camera to show White’s injuries. She explained she had to cut the handles of a shopping bag White was carrying that had become stuck to his hands. She also said the older man had a disability and his condition appeared to be deteriorating so she was going on Facebook live to ask for assistance because she had exhausted other options that hadn’t worked.