Mex@Penn, a student organization whose purpose is to spread the culture of Mexico at Penn, has received widespread media attention for its fundraisers to benefit recent earthquake victims in Mexico. Organized with a $50,000 goal, the GoFundMe initiative has now exceeded that.
A GoFundMe initiative, Students with Puerto Rico was also started by Penn students and went viral after endorsements from figures like singer Belinda Peregrin, politician Gabriel Quadri de la Torre, and comedian Jimmy Fallon. This GoFundMe campaign was launched with a goal of $150,000, which has been surpassed.
"The best part of this has really been the unity of all the Puerto Ricans, many of us who have gotten together and gone through this," says SAS junior Andrea Barreras, who was one of the organizers of the initial campaign. "It is really difficult being so far away from home with so little communication. We have really banded together."
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