MU students go above and beyond for one campus employee

1 year 11 months 1 week ago Monday, December 05 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 6:49:00 PM CST December 05, 2016 in News
By: Abby Breidenbach, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A group of University of Missouri students exceeded everybody's expectations in gift giving this holiday season, and the generosity didn't stop there. 

Sandy Cunningham works at Plaza 900, a campus dining hall. She's worked there for 11 years, and students throughout the years say she consistently brightens their day, so they wanted to give her a Christmas present.

Freshman Chase O'Neal started a GoFundMe page to raise money so he and his peers could buy Sandy a Christmas present. The group's original goal was $500 to buy Sandy some gift cards to spend on herself and her family this Christmas.

"We thought $500 was a lot at the time. We thought, it's going to be hard to get $500; maybe we can get it before break, hopefully. We thought we were going to have to put up fliers," O'Neal said.

Within a half hour of its creation, the donation page already surpassed the $500 goal. In four days, the campaign raised more than $5,500. More than 600 people donated, and more than 8,400 shared the link on social media.

Sandy said she could not accept this generous act, and immediately decided to pay it forward, donating the money to the Children's Miracle Network.

"I am still in shock. These kids are so wonderful," said Cunningham. "I just saw this as an opportunity to help other kids."

Sandy and the group of students said they hope the overwhelming support and attention will only inspire others to give back.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA- Out-of-state vehicles around the University of Missouri are having their license plates stolen. It’s been happening in garages... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:17:00 PM CST November 15, 2018 in News
CENTRALIA - Where would a man celebrating a half century of giving blood go to celebrate? Another blood drive... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 5:55:00 PM CST November 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- In a meeting this afternoon, Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes, apologized for the confusion surrounding the Columbia Police Department’s... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 5:17:00 PM CST November 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man is sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison for a 2017 armed bank robbery turned... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 5:14:00 PM CST November 15, 2018 in Top Stories
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it's making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 3:53:00 PM CST November 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Employment providers, state agencies and employers serving people with disabilities across the state came together to learn how... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 3:12:00 PM CST November 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Ceres, the statue that stood on top of the State Capitol for 94 years, touched ground Thursday.... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 2:48:00 PM CST November 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A bronze statue called Ceres will spend the next year being cleaned and touched up for conservation... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 2:30:00 PM CST November 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's unemployment rate has hit a tied record low. Data released Thursday from the... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 12:56:00 PM CST November 15, 2018 in News
MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century,... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 11:52:00 AM CST November 15, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Two buses carrying students and staff from Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School was involved in a... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 10:01:00 AM CST November 15, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - A judge ordered bond to be revoked Wednesday for a man charged in connection with an alleged conspiracy... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:47:25 AM CST November 15, 2018 in News
HUNTSVILLE - A judge sentenced a Moberly man to 18 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to child sex... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:35:37 AM CST November 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The number of kids in need is growing, according to the only foster care and adoption association... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:20:00 AM CST November 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Ceres, the bronze statue that sits on top of the Capitol Building, will come to ground level... More >>
19 hours ago Thursday, November 15 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:02:00 AM CST November 15, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - Veterans at Moberly Correctional Center say a program designed to reconnect former servicemen to their military values has... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 9:33:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia plow drivers participated in the annual Dry Snow Run to practice routes for the winter season Wednesday... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:38:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Medical marijuana may play a part in the reduction of opioid usage, supporters say. According to the... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:39:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 34°
2am 33°
3am 33°
4am 32°
5am 31°