Members of the Patterson family in happier times. Mother Meagan was killed in a car accident Sunday, Nov. 25. A childhood friend, Michelle Crews, has started a fundraising page to help her family pay for her funeral and their own medical expenses.
continued Crews had originally started the fundraising page for her own Facebook friends and family, but when they shared the link and donations started pouring in, she felt she had to share it more widely.
“I wanted to wait to get the okay from the family, but so many people want to help, and I thought it might be best to publicize it while [the accident] was still fresh in people’s minds,” she said. “In just a couple of hours, I’m already up to almost $2,000.”
Crews did want to emphasize that she is acting independently of Patterson’s family.
“I am not representing the family at this time,” she said. “I inboxed them through Facebook and I told them how awkward I feel, but I just want to help. I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes.”
Crews said she knows the family has more important things to worry about right now, so she’s happy to provide what little help she can from the sidelines.
“They’re all grieving and at the hospital and trying to heal,” she said. “I’m grieving for Meagan, too, but I have the energy and I have the time and I can help.”
To donate, visit youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/please-help-the-patterson-family-after-the-recent-tragedy/110565.