Eddie Vedder Helps Struggling Family With $10K After Mom's Plea Goes Viral
Vedder sent a check for $10,000 to the family, whose situation reminded him of his own childhood, he told The Washington Post.
“There were years there were toys from Santa, but they were used and they came from garage sales and they didn’t always work,” Vedder shared.
Tyshika Britten's Craigslist plea went viral and was reported in The Washington Post.
"I am a mother of six, 5 boys and 1 baby girl … I'm so hurt," Britten wrote. "I'm trying my best. I pray everyday and now I'm begging for help. I know it's not about the gifts, but they are kids! I'm such a failure right now . . . please help me."
The family has since received a pile of gifts ranging from a Kindle to a puppy, and their GoFundMe raised over $18,000 -- triple its $6,000 goal.
“I was just so moved by the story and what this mother did for her children,” Vedder said. “I thought those kids must be so proud of their mother for reaching out. That takes a lot of courage.”
Vedder said he knows there are complex social issues beyond the range of his check, but he wanted to help the family gain some control and normalcy.
The family, who was unfamiliar with Pearl Jam before the donation, said they have been watching the band's concerts online.