A young mother and her newborn baby are experiencing an outpouring of generosity from the Fort St. John community after tragedy struck at the close of 2014.
Carlee Dufour’s boyfriend passed away on New Years Eve, leaving her and her son Lincoln, born on Dec. 16, wondering how they would pay the bills.
The next day her best friend, Clirissa Denis, started a gofundme.com page to collect money to support the family.
“I put a goal of a thousand dollars hoping that we could get her some diapers or we could just have that money for a little bit of a cushion,” said Denis. “As soon as I added it, it went viral. Within probably within an hour of me checking it there was a couple of thousand.”
And it didn’t stop there.
Twenty-four hours later they had raised over $30,000, and that number has jumped to over $38,000 by Sunday afternoon.
“It’s amazing what the community and people that don’t know me, don’t know Carlee, don’t know her son, her family, are just going above and beyond and being so helpful and so generous,” said Denis, adding that it has gone beyond even just donations, with people donating diapers, a new car seat, and offers to make meals, clean her house, and drop off anything else she might need.
People have even offered to pay for lactation consultants, as she is a new mother.
“Her boyfriend was the main provider of their family and now that he’s gone, she still has hope to make him a college fund, pay all the bills that she was like, ‘What do I do, am I going to be ok?’” said Denis. “Makes you proud to live in Fort St. John, for sure.”
Denis said that they don’t need anything in particular in terms of gifts at the moment, but smaller is better. They extend their gratitude to everyone in Fort St. John who has donated their time and money.