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Chicano Writer Mobilized An Army To Help Out-Of-Work Families Pay Bills, Over $65K And Still Going Strong

Culture & Community By O. DELGADO
Chicano Writer Mobilized An Army To Help Out-Of-Work Families Pay Bills, Over $65K And Still Going Strong

UPDATE: He and his #FOHarmy are back at it - $198K and going strong. Click on the Tweet below to @ him.

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"F*** coronavirus..."

"...Who has a bill coming up that they’re not sure they’re gonna be able to pay[?] Send me your bill and your venmo," tweeted Mexican-American author Shea Serrano, who mobilized a Twitter army that has donated over $65,000 to help struggling families pay rent, bills and put food on the table.

Shea Serrano. who worked construction before struggling to support his family on an ESL teacher's salary, knows what it's like to face bills you can't pay.

Now, Serrano is not only a New York Times best-selling author three times over for The Rap Year Book, Basketball (And Other Things), and Movies (And Other Things), he is the leader of a 370,000-strong Twitter following ready to rise up when called.

And he's paying all of his success forward. 

"Fuck coronavirus," Serrano tweeted back in March after seeing and hearing how out-of-work people were struggling during the quarantine. "Who has a bill coming up that they're not sure they're gonna be able to pay[?] Send me your bill and your venmo."

And, as the tweets poured in from out of work moms and dads, grandparents and students, so did the donations from followers, from a couple bucks to a couple hundred bucks.

"Let's lighten that weight on your shoulders a little," he tweeted last week, again asking people to send their bills and cashapp info, pledging, "we'll pay what we can."

So far, Serrano and his followers, known as the FOHarmy (FOH stands for "Fuck Outta Here"), have so far raised over $65,000 to help people pay rent and medical bills, buy groceries, support elderly parents and special needs kids.

They maxed out the daily Venmo limit. TWICE.

 

The amazing thing is that although Serrano started off as the middleman, with donations being funneled through his Venmo, he is encouraging his followers, veteran and new, to reach out to people in need direclty. And they are.

His movement, of reaching out to people directly, was recognized by former President Barack Obama.

And it is exactly the type of energy we need right now, from each one of us towards each other, in order to get through this crisis. Not charity, but solidarity.

You don't need to follow Serrano on Twitter to join the army of giving (though I would definitely reccommend it), just reach out to someone in need.

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