Local man starts GoFundMe to send 3,000 cookies to soldier he's never met
CINCINNATI ( WKRC) - Local comedian Mark Chalifoux was accidentally included in a family's group text which inspired him to send 3,000 cookies to a solider he's never even met.
He received a photo of a happy child with an older lady with a text that read, “Always loves going to grammy’s!"
On his GoFundMe, he explains how the situation unfolded from there:
I responded with “Looks like he’s having a blast!” thinking they’d realize their mistake and remove me from the thread.
A day later, pic of the same kid, this time with a toy car, and a text: “Of course I couldn’t resist buying it for him, fast and furious!” followed by a bunch of texts that were just like “aw, give him a smooch for me!”
I replied to that one with “I don’t know why I’m part of this, but I’m happy that kid got his car” and thought that was the end of it. Surely now, the messages would stop blowing up my phone. Instead, the person who started it simply replied “because you are family!”
About two weeks after that, it was a pic of four soldiers in front of a helicopter, with the text “Christian and his unit shipping out for six months.” Most of the responses were immediate, just “Wow, an officer and a gentleman, I pray for him every time we sing the anthem!” and stuff like that.
I replied “Which one is Christian?” thinking, clearly, this will definitely establish I had no business being included in this chain.
The person only replied “third from the right” so I finally gave up and embraced it, and just said “A true patriot”, which elicited a bunch of “Amen!”s and emojis from the rest of the group.
It’s been quiet for the last month, but today the person sent out a long text about how to send Christian a package while on deployment.
I don't want to let down the person this family thinks they've been texting, so I'm raising money to send this soldier 3,000 cookies.
Mark plans to send 84 boxes of Oreos, which is about 3,000 cookies, and use the rest of the money for shipping costs. Mark said the more money he raises, the more cookies he'll send.
He also plans to include a note, explaining that his family accidentally put Mark in their group texts and he sent cookies so he "wouldn’t make whoever they thought they were texting look bad."
But, why cookies? Mark said that when he reached out for his Facebook friends' advice on care package ideas, they all voted he should send an outrageous amount of one thing. He decided on Oreos after Google informed him they were America's favorite cookie.
Mark said, "I have been surprised that 14 people already donated to the GoFundMe in the first two days. With so much negativity and sad stuff in the world and on Facebook, I think people liked the idea of making a small gesture to put some positivity into the world."