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WSU student's fundraising tweet goes viral, helps raise thousands of dollars

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Since 2012 the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been reserved for Giving Tuesday. It's a chance for people nationwide to take time to give back to charities and causes that are important to them. Last year, people embraced the spirit of giving by making $168 million in charitable donations, according to a USA Today report

A local college student wanted to her part, so she posted a tweet as a challenge to her followers. For every  like the tweet gets, she'd donate 25 cents to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The simple tweet exploded, going viral and gaining national attention.

Now, Washington State University Student Danni Messina is turning to an online fundraising campaign to help her raise the funds she promised to donate. As of Tuesday afternoon, the tweet had 197,000 retweets and 456,000 likes.

After the tweet gained traction, Danni reached out to some of her favorite celebrities including Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres . She also started a GoFundMe page to ask for help raising the money.

Danni explained what happened:

"It started with a friend. He was telling me about his thanksgiving, and how he was spending time with his grandma who was in the hospital. It made me start thinking about the children who were spending their holidays in the hospital, and how it really was a reality for others. Then I tweeted about it. I tweeted because I had absolutely no idea there would be that much support around the idea. So, unfortunately, I don't have the funds to support this, but here is a link to donate to one of the best hospitals there is. St. Jude is changing lives. This is where we start." 

If you'd like to help Danni with her fundraising campaign, you can do so here.  

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