A Maryland mother of six, who was facing an eviction and did not have the money to buy her kids anything for Christmas, received an outpouring of help from Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder and many others. The mother, Tyshika Britten made a plea on Craigslist, explaining her situation. She wrote that her family, consisting of 5 boys and a baby girl, was facing eviction, that she did not have any money to get her children Christmas gifts, and asked for help and money. She went on to describe herself as a failure, writing that she was trying her best.
On December 19, the Washington Post published an article about the Maryland family and it went viral. Both the Craigslist post and the Washington Post article went viral, leading to Vedder seeing the story. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder surprised the family by giving them $10,000. Rolling Stone reported that thanks to the Vedder and money raised by others using a GoFundMe page, she was saved from being evicted and her kids had gifts for Christmas.
On Christmas Day, Pearl Jam singer, Eddie Vedder, said he had been very moved by the woman’s story and what she did for her children. He said it took “a lot of courage” for the mother of six to reach out and ask for help, and said that the woman’s struggles “reminded him of his own childhood,” according to Rolling Stone.
Vedder said there were years he received toys from Santa, but they were not new. Instead, he said they were used, having come from garage sales, and at times, the toys did not work. The Pearl Jam singer explained that he wanted to help the family end their troubles.
When Britten received the check for $10,000, she asked if Vedder was in a band. She Googled the singer and learned more about him. Since then, the family has been online, watching the band’s concerts.
Besides Vedder’s check for $10,000, the Britten family has received gifts. In addition, the GoFundMe page raised $18,450, which is more than triple the original goal of $6,000. The money given to Britten will be applied toward a head start for the family’s next chapter in life.
The largest single donation of all was the $10,000 check from Pearl Jam singer, Eddie Vedder. The Britten family was only one of many families across the United States that faced a bleak Christmas, but thanks to Vedder and many others who donated both gifts and money, the Britten family had a Christmas they will remember for the rest of their lives.
By John Samuels
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