James Shaw Jr., 29, is being revered as a hero after disarming the Waffle House shooter in Nashville on Sunday (April 22). Now, Shaw is being rewarded by celebrities and civilians alike for his bravery.
Alright, I decided to start a @gofundme for James Shaw Jr, the Waffle House hero. I normally hate when people say this, but in this case, I think its important…please RT.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 24, 2018
According to TMZ, celebrities have contributed tons of money to a GoFundMe account started to reward the 29-year-old. The page was started by journalist Yashar Ali, who became inspired after Shaw not only saved many potential victims but also then launched a page to raise thousands of dollars for them.
Ali writes, “According to news reports, James has a four-year-old daughter. Perhaps this money can be used for her college fund or some other education-related expense. But I’d be just as happy if James used some of this money to take his family on a nice vacation.” Within the first 15 hours of Ali’s campaign, nearly $75,000 has been raised for Shaw.
I just donated and it feels good! Good to help someone who stood up and did the right thing, thank you James Shaw Jr! And I love everyone who is donating too! https://t.co/lkCXKUChXe
— Kristin Davis (@KristinDavis) April 24, 2018
Stars such as author Mike Cernovich and actors Jon Cryer, Busy Philipps and Kristin Davis have contributed to the fund.
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