There is a movie that’s coming, and some have been tempted to call it the hottest of the year. There are those who feel that no one should be left out when the film finally comes out in February. One such person is Frederick Joseph, who set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Harlem kids who’d like to watch the movie on the big screen when it comes out. So far, the page has raised more than the goal of $10,000, with more than 600 contributors donating over $27,000 within the first four days of the campaign.
Joseph initially had plans to channel the funds to the Harlem’s Children Zone, but the group said they had not accepted the donation.
But don’t worry; the donation will still go to Harlem kids for the same purpose. Yes, the new recipients of the donation will be the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem, and that information has already been updated on the GoFundMe page.
The raised funds will be used to purchase tickets and refreshments for the benefiting children and their chaperons. Should any money remain, it will be donated to the organization in support of their work in the community.
Part of the GoFundMe page content about the campaign reads: “The release of Marvel’s film the Black Panther is a rare opportunity for young students (primarily of color) to see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life,” Frederick Joseph, who started the campaign, wrote on Twitter. “This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally.”
When Joseph set up the GoFundMe page, he may not have known just how much people shared his thought. He went for an optimistic $10,000 goal, targeting 300 children from Harlem. But now, it’s very clear to him that many people hold the movie in high regard and wouldn’t like children to miss it.
The new beneficiary, Harlem Children’s Zone, is a nonprofit aimed at fighting against poverty by working to improve the lives of the youth.
“I want these children to be able to see that people who look like them can be superheroes, royalty, and more,” Joseph wrote. “All proceeds will go to paying for the private screening tickets for children and chaperones, as well as refreshments. The release of the film is February 16th, 2018, and the screenings will take place the following week between February 19th and 22nd.”