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Woman Charged With Stealing $2.87 From Fountain Receives Outpouring Of Support

Woman Charged With Stealing From Fountain Receives Outpouring Of Support

Update (10/19/13): Below is a detailed update about the plan for the funds that have been raised and more details about myself. If you have any further questions for me please feel free to reach out through the message feature on GoFundMe.
The Funds
In addition to this online campaign people have been giving offline. Deidre has a case manager through the Developmental Disabilities department of Ohio. Additionally, she is now receiving support through an agency called Quality Residential Alternative (QRA), which helps people with developmental disabilities live independently. The support team around Deidre (which includes our representative Brian Evans) met on Thursday (10/17) with her to develop a plan. Her immediate needs are: 1) New housing by November 1st. 2) Vet services for the cats 3) New clothing. 4) Furnishings for new living (furniture, appliances, etc.). All of the furniture and appliances have already been donated!! 5) Food for her and the cats. 6) Fines- God forbid the charges are not dropped.

We are also working with the great support staff at GoFundMe on how to best transfer the donated funds given the uniqueness of this situation. At this point, it appears the funds will be directly deposited into Deidre's account, which has custodial oversight by the support system.

My commitment to all of the donors is that the funds will be used to help with her immediate needs and then to continue to support her in the most sustainable way. I am confident in the support team's ability to see this through.

A summary of the activity will be provided once everything is transferred.

About Me
My name is Will Zell, and I am the owner of ConnectToHome and the founder of Providence Holdings, Inc. You can read more about me here: www.linkedin.com/in/willzell

You can also follow me on Twitter at @WillLZell.

ConnectToHome published Deidre's story online on Monday (10/14). We received so much response from people who wanted to help support Deidre that we organized the giving here on GoFundMe and also within the community in Logan County.

On Wednesday (10/16) WBNS 10tv from Columbus, Ohio ran a story about Deidre on their 11pm news report. This story was picked up by the Associated Press and was disseminated across the world!

The mission of Providence Holdings is to build brands that love people. The story of Deidre, and the subsequent events, represent the highest and best use of our mission: Use a Providence owned company to positively impact the life of another.

I reside in Logan County, Ohio with my beautiful wife Beth and three children. We also own Sweet Aromas Coffee in Bellefontaine, and are involved in the ministry at Christ Our King Church, also in Bellefontaine.

Prior to this event I did not know Deidre. We live in the same county but I did not know her personally. Now, not only me, but our entire community, and many people from around the world have rallied around her to provide a fresh start.

This is a beautiful story.


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But, without the government to take our money and give it to

her, how could this lady ever hope to get out of poverty?

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Seeing that we raised

Seeing that we raised 5,588.5% of...

Seeing that we raised 5,588.5% of the original goal of $200 in less than a week, I feel it is appropriate to reset the goal. New goal, $15,000.

City and or federal property is Public Property...

That is the law.
And no it doesn't very from state to state. It's sad when those hired by the public. Placed in positions of power, abuse public property as though they own it. When in reality the public is the lone owner.

That's right Mr and Mrs. Joe Public, threw money in a public fountain. And Mr. and Mrs. Joe Public can reach in and take it out.

Why? It's OUR's both the property as well as the money placed in it.

If that city dept and or it's agents (which are public entity's), can even prove they are the victims of this victimless crime.(which i doubt) Then i DEMAND they open the books, and show where this money has been going since it has been placed there and to whom.

As well as show, why they even allow, the public to throw money there in the first place, without giving receipts or offering them for tax related write off's?

"HIS"story is going on all the time. Whether or not one sees it, is the defining point of one's character.~MEB


Government is there to help her, right? Oh wait...they are there to arrest her.

Heart warming story



See, private help like this

See, private help like this works so much better. People in our country are for the most part (as long as it isn't giving to the government) willing to donate money all the time. I wish there were more private organizations that stopped sending money to random people overseas and started giving to organizations that help children, and people here more instead. Sorry if that sounds cold but if people don't see commercials and what not for organizations like how the "united children's fund" and UNICEF (if I remember right UNICEF is mostly given to children overseas). Then they just assume there aren't any that help here at all.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.


I've seen first hand the opulence that many of these overseas 'aid' organizations lavish upon the executives and those who hold leasing contracts for office space that these fronts utilize.

USAID Bethesda, MD

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Thanks for the uplifting

Thanks for the uplifting update, BT :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

$10,097 raised by 369 people

$10,097 raised by 369 people in 4 days.