In just four days, the Middleburg community rallied to raise $40,000 to support their favorite FedEx delivery driver.
Sam Coleman has been delivering packages to Middleburg residents for about three decades. Upon learning that he was diagnosed with lymphoma, Realtor Helen MacMahon on Friday, Aug. 9 set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to support him during the trying time. By Tuesday at 10 a.m., the fundraiser had landed $39,251 in donations from 245 individuals—only $10,000 away from the $50,000 goal.
MacMahon said she created the page a few days after visiting Coleman and realizing that she wanted to help him and his family in some way.
She said the funds go directly to Coleman and that they would help to pay for his living expenses and cancer treatments so that he doesn’t have to worry about day-to-day obligations and finances.
“Everybody wanted to do something for him,” she said. “He’s obviously a legend around here—this man is clearly loved by all walks of life in our town.”
MacMahon said there’s a “tremendous amount of generosity” amongst the Middleburg community and that there’s even more money being funneled to Coleman in the forms of handwritten checks that she’ll deliver directly to him. She said Coleman and his family are “completely stunned by the outpouring of love and unconditional support.”
Once the fundraiser reaches $50,000 on the GoFundme page, MacMahon said she’d most likely increase the goal limit.
In addition to donations, residents can also send Coleman acard through the mail to 147 N. Cottage Road., Sterling, VA 20164.