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Thomas Morstead’s What You Give Will Grow Foundation Raises $150k & Counting For Children’s Minnesota

Update: In less than 48 hours, over $170,000 has been given in support of Thomas Morstead’s charity, exceeding their campaign goal. View the campaign here.

Thomas Morstead, the punter for the New Orleans Saints, had no idea that his persistence and resilience during the New Orleans Saints’ loss in the NFL Divisional match-up with the Minnesota Vikings on January 14, 2018, would spark such an outpouring of generosity.

Morstead was injured on the field during the first kick of the game, suffering a painful cartilage tear in his ribs. While the Saints put up a good fight during Sunday’s game, they ultimately lost to the Vikings. The time had run out, but the extra point attempt was mandated. While the Saints were devastated, Morstead, injury and all, was the first out on the field for the final kneel-down.

Following the game, a Vikings fan who admired Morstead’s hustle and humility posted an appeal on Reddit inviting Vikings fans to donate to Thomas Morstead’s foundation, What You Give Will Grow (WYGWG), in honor of his effort.

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CauseVox Customer: Thomas Morstead’s Foundation Fundraising Website

This sparked an overwhelming response from Vikings fans. Morstead and his team noticed the outpouring of support and quickly launched a fundraising website using CauseVox to make it easy to give and showcase the progress. Due to the generosity shown by so many Minnesota fans, Morstead was then inspired to give back all the support to the community in Minnesota in support of the child life program at Children’s Minnesota.

According to Dennis Lomonaco, Executive Director at WYGWG, “This campaign has been overwhelming. It is awesome to see moments like this where humanity comes together for a good cause. We see that football is more than just a game to watch. It moves people to give back, support causes, and rally around a purpose.” He applauds CauseVox for “making it incredibly easy to make this happen quickly.,” as they had “very little time to put this all together.” Dennis further noting that “CauseVox allows us to easily keep people updated [through real-time campaign progress tracking] and continue conversations on social media. This is what’s needed to make a campaign spread.”.

The excitement and support for the campaign is still growing. Here are a few highlights:

In just a few hours, the campaign has seen over 3,700 people support the campaign and is continuing to garner support. And, because they reached their $100k goal, Morstead said he’ll be personally flying up to Minnesota during the 2018 Super Bowl to present the funds raised to Children’s Minnesota.

At CauseVox, we believe that together we can help good flourish. Every day, we’re inspired by the impact of campaigns like What You Give Will Grow’s campaign.

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