Clair again - This is probably the last update I'll post here before I'm in touch with Debra and have a solid plan in place for moving the money. I may post bits and pieces to the brand spanking new facebook page for the fundraiser: www.facebook.com/supportdebraharrell.
So, I have good news and bad.
I'll start with the good: Because of YOUR incredible generosity and the power of the internet, we raised the $10,000 goal I set in just 36 hours. My mind is completely
blown and my faith in humanity restored.
And the bad: I got official word from Debra's attorney that McDonalds terminated her employment, because of course they did. It makes the fundraiser more critical than ever.
I also have a few miscellanious items to share, mostly in response to FAQ coming through the ask button:Debra's legal status:
Debra is not in jail - she has actually been out on bond since July 3rd. All this happened a couple of weeks before the story went viral. Her upcoming court dates on the criminal charges are a preliminary hearing on July 30 and a first appearance scheduled for September 5. Being so far away, I do not plan to organize any courthouse events, but if anyone is local and so inclined, that would be awesome!Daughter's whereabouts:
The unfortunate reality is that Debra isn't in a good position to fight for custody of her child until the criminal charges against her are dropped or resolved. She will likely remain in state custody for some time.Legitimacy of the fund:
Everything associated with the fund for Debra is new and seperate from all of my personal accounts. The Paypal was set up with an email address specifically for the fund and the fund is the only thing I am using Paypal for. The only account tied to the Paypal is a new savings account that will only carry and transfer money from the fund to Debra. There's pretty much no opportunity for accidental mismanagement and if (or when?) the lawyers come a-knocking, I will have solid and organized records of every single transaction. Sure, it could be a scam, but it would pretty much be the dumbest scam ever since my real name and social network identity are all over it. I manage grant money for a living, and I would lose my job if I was ever convicted of fraud. So not worth it!
Speaking of my real name, a couple of people have asked why, when you click through to donate, the name is Margaret Ryan. My secret is out - Margaret is my legal first name but everyone in my life knows me as Clair. Sorry for the confusion - blame my parents, I do! ;)
So that's what I got. I hope to be able to share a message from Debra very soon and to get this money moving to where it's needed.