Last week, as shit started to hit the fan with the coronavirus pandemic, the Basketball (and Other Things) author cast out a lifeline on Twitter: "Who has a bill coming up that they're not sure they're gonna be able to pay? Send me your bill and your Venmo."
fuck coronavirus— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) March 13, 2020
who has a bill coming up that they’re not sure they’re gonna be able to pay
send me your bill and your venmo
The requests — and donations from followers who also wanted to help — came flowing in, and according to the New York Times Serrano had distributed $10,000 directly to people in need by Sunday night.
Serrano kept the momentum going, although he switched from Venmo to CashApp for transfers. As ongoing proof, he's tweeted screenshots of the transfers, often with the caption "fuck coronavirus."
CashApp even got in on the action, sending $25 to random people in Serrano's name.
Roxane Gay also spread the love, followed in suit by other public figures including The Tick's Griffin Newman.
It wasn't just us plebeians who took notice, but also former President Barack Obama.
In a Twitter thread showcasing individuals an organizations coming together to help one another during this crisis, Obama shouted out Serrano and Gay's fundraising efforts.
"@rgay and @SheaSerrano are using their feeds to directly support people in need—and helping shift our ideas about how to approach giving," he tweeted.
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