GoFundMe for George Floyd's family raises more than $6.5M in 4 days

George Floyd. Photo: Courtesy of Attorney Benjamin Crump. George Floyd.

Kyle Brown
Updated: May 31, 2020 11:44 PM
Created: May 31, 2020 10:38 PM

A GoFundMe page dedicated to George Floyd has raised more than $6.5 million in four days.

George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, organized the page, which is called the "Official George Floyd Memorial Fund." According to the page's description, the funds will be used to cover funeral and burial expenses, grief counseling and lodging and travel for all court proceedings.

The page also says a portion of the funds will go toward the estate of George Floyd "for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund."

"From the bottom of our hearts my family thanks each of you who have reached out," Philonise Floyd wrote on the page. "While we are not able to respond to each expression of love at this time,  please know that we love and appreciate each and every one of you. Our hearts are overwhelmed!"

A fund was also set up to pay for repairs to the many businesses that were damaged on Lake Street during nights of civil unrest over the past week.

As of Sunday night, the Lake Street Council, a nonprofit, has raised $2 million for small businesses in one of Minneapolis's most diverse business corridors.

"A majority of Lake Street businesses are owned by immigrants and people of color, and Lake Street Council is committed to ensuring that our support is accessible to all businesses and has an equitable impact," the nonprofit said in a statement. "As we work to allocate and distribute these funds, we will focus on helping the hardest-hit and most vulnerable businesses in our community, which disproportionately includes immigrant and POC-owned businesses."

A portion of the proceeds were also donated to the family of George Floyd, according to the Lake Street Council.

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