- A Buffalo woman named Sha’Kyra Aughtry saved a disabled man from a blizzard on Christmas.
- The man’s colleague has since created a GoFundMe page to thank Aughtry.
- Strangers have flooded the page with donations, raising over $127,000 for her so far.
A Buffalo woman saved a stranger’s life during the deadly Christmas blizzard, and now thousands of strangers have gathered to thank her for her kindness.
On December 25, Sha’Kyra Aughtry posted a video on Facebook pleading for help. The day before, she had found a man crying for help in the street and had decided to take him to her house. The man – who has been identified as Joe White – was injured, but emergency services were unable to reach him due to blizzard conditions.
After two days, White, who has special needs, was finally sent to ECMC Hospital in Buffalo for treatment.
“It was very devastating and heartbreaking to see someone so helpless, who just needed help,” Aughtry told CNN on Dec. 28.
White’s colleague Chris Dearing then created a GoFundMe page for Aughtry to thank her for feeding, bathing and tending to his friend’s wounds.
“Without her generous spirit and fierce determination to get Joe’s help, my friend would have died,” Dearing wrote. “Sha’Kyra did all of this without any thought of reward, but she deserves one, and so does her family.”
Dearing has set a goal of raising $20,000 for Aughtry. But, as of December 29, thousands of strangers had raised more than $127,000 for the mother of three, and many said they were touched by Augustry’s kindness.
More than 4,300 people have donated to Aughtry’s GoFundMe page so far, and nearly 300 have left comments for it. The highest donation, which was made by an anonymous donor, was $5,000.
Several people on the GoFundMe page expressed their admiration for Aughtry.
“You sent hope around the world helping Joe. You gave us a glimpse of an angel,” wrote a donor named Stephanie Mingo.
A donor named Sarah Dorger wrote that Augustry showed her children the true meaning of “love your neighbour”.
Francesca Bill, who also donated to the page, praised Augustry’s generous spirit.
“You are a class act full of heart,” Bill wrote. “Your sons are lucky to have a mother who epitomizes kindness. Thank you.”
White’s sister, Yvonne, also expressed her gratitude to Aughtry. “We gained a family. I look at my sister, I look at Trent who is my brother,” Yvonne told CNN, referring to Augustry’s boyfriend, who helped save White. “This woman, what she did, above and beyond for a stranger,” she added.
Dearing also set up a GoFundMe page for White’s medical bills, which raised more than $67,000, far exceeding his goal of raising $20,000. More than 2,300 people have donated to the page as of December 29.
“We’ve seen a tremendous outpouring of support for Joe and Sha’Kyra, and we’re incredibly inspired by their story,” a GoFundMe representative told Insider in a statement.
Aughtry did not respond to Insider’s requests for comment.