Jewish crowdfunding sites meet their moment
After the coronavirus killed Lipa Friedrich, a 39-year-old bus driver from Monsey, in March, his wife and 11 children were left without a breadwinner.
But within days of the launch of an online fundraiser to benefit the family, the Friedrich family faced a dramatically different financial picture. The campaign has netted more than $1 million, most within the first 48 hours, and another fundraiser brought in even more. “We didn’t expect that we will reach such an amount,” said Shlomo Spitzer, who organized the larger campaign for the Friedrich family. “But obviously the vibe was very good. People got very involved.”