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MexAm Writer Leads "Guerrilla Giving" Force, Raises $100K For Struggling Food Bank In Less Than A Day

Culture & Community By O. DELGADO
MexAm Writer Leads "Guerrilla Giving" Force, Raises $100K For Struggling Food Bank In Less Than A Day

"We just can't feed this many." Now, they can.

When a local San Antonio food bank couldn't cope with the thousands of hungry families lining up outside it's doors, Mexican-American author Shea Serrano once again mobilized his "guerrilla giving" army, raising over $100,000 in just a few hours.

This is the type of leader, the type of movement, and the type of solidarity that we need in the country right now.

"I can’t stop thinking about the picture of the people waiting in line to get food from the San Antonio Food Bank," Mexican-American author Shea Serrano tweeted Saturday morning, including a screenshot showing hundreds of cars lined up above a headline that read: "'We just can't feed this many': 10,000 Seek SA Food Bank Help."

"I’m gonna make a donation. If you wanna join together for a big donation then send it," continued Serrano, a San Antonio native who knows what it's like to be hungry, to face bills you can't pay. 

After a second job writing turned the former construction worker and hustling ESL teacher into a best-selling author three times over [The Rap Year Book, Basketball (And Other Things), Movies (And Other Things)], Serrano decided to put his now-370,000 strong Twitter-following, known as the "FOH army", to work - helping people in need.

Just a few weeks ago, Serrano single-handedly galvanized his army of followers into raising over $65,000 to help out-of-work families pay their bills.

"Send me your bill and your Venmo ... we'll pay what we can ... let's lighten that weight on your shoulders a little," he tweeted, mobilizing his "guerrilla giving" force to donate, either through him or directly, to families affected by the pandemic, helping people pay for rent and groceries, medical and child care bills. 

So, when Serrano tweeted the about the food bank, his soldiers were ready.

Following his lead, the donations started pouring in, from a couple bucks to a couple hundred. In half an hour they had raised $12,000. Three hours later, they had reached $100,000.

"Every single person who sent in even one single dollar like 'hey I hope this helps' — this is what the fuck we do," Serrano tweeted. "We all voltron up and it's like a fucking tidal wave ... what a bunch of goddamn champions."

This is the type of leader, the type of movement, and the type of solidarity that we need in the country right now.

To Serrano and the FOH army, gracias, and keep it up.

To the rest of you, join up - your country needs you.

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

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