Crowdfunding campaign for Falafel Bus raises more than $5,000

A student started a crowdfunding campaign to support the three people injured in the Falafel Bus fire Wednesday. Hatchet file photo by Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor
A student started a crowdfunding campaign to support the three people injured in the Falafel Bus fire Wednesday. Hatchet file photo by Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor

This post was written by reporter Cort Carlson.

A student-created crowdfunding campaign for those injured in the H Street food truck fire Wednesday afternoon has topped $5,000.

The crowdfunding campaign had originally set its goal at $5,000, but surpassed that goal six hours in. The campaign reached $5,035 and was shared nearly 900 times on Facebook as of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Nearly 400 people have contributed to the campaign.

A GW student created the fundraising page, but did not return a request for comment.

The online funding page indicates that donations will go to the three people injured in the fire. A D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman said earlier Wednesday that at least one person was critically injured in the fire.

“This man’s food truck blew up, and GW students are raising money for this man,” the page reads. “He is part of our great community, and I believe it is right for us to help this man.”

Although the page mentions the injuries, it is unclear if the donations are intended to help pay for medical care or for repairs to the food truck.

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