This is James Shaw. He's a hero. His hands are burned severely from grabbing the assault rifle used to kill four people inside a Nashville Waffle House. He likely saved dozens of lives pic.twitter.com/WV7KQlzA2R— Chris Conte (@chrisconte) April 22, 2018
UPDATE: Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. is still on a mission to help victims of last week's shooting through his online fundraising campaign.
Currently, there are two GoFundMe campaigns running: one that is specifically raising money to reward Shaw, which was launched by New York journalist Yashar Ali; and the other that Shaw started, himself, to help the victims' families pay for funeral costs and other expenses.
CNN reports that Shaw's campaign for the victims has raised more than $165,000, which is over 10 times its initial goal of $15,000.
Shaw is clearly a man of integrity and humility who deserves the outpouring of support he has received from both campaigns.
Although no amount of money in the world is going to take away the grieving families' pain and heartbreak, at least they can lay their loved ones to rest without worrying about how they are going to pay for the services.
A fundraiser for James Shaw Jr., the man who wrestled a gun away from a shooter at a Waffle House restaurant earlier this week, has already raised tens of thousands of dollars.
Yashar Ali, a journalist based in New York, was inspired to start the fundraiser not only due to Shaw’s heroism, but also because of his actions after the shooting. Shaw started his own GoFundMe page to help raise money for the families of the victims of the tragedy, amassing over $100,000 so far.
“Since that horrific shooting, he has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the victims and shown a level of humility that has inspired many of us,” Ali wrote on the crowdfunding page benefiting Shaw.
The proceeds of his fundraiser will go toward establishing a college fund for Shaw’s 4-year-old daughter and perhaps “a nice vacation,” Ali adds.
Shared on social media, the goal of $100,000 was more than three-quarters of the way of being reached by Tuesday afternoon.
Notably, several celebrities have shared the link to raise money for Shaw as well, noting his heroics and generosity while doing so. John Cryer, Busy Philipps, Alyssa Milano, and even Hillary Clinton shared the link, encouraging their followers to give what they could to Shaw.
Modest as he is (in interviews he has denied being a “hero”), Shaw is deserving of the money being raised by Ali. He saved lives by taking an opportunity to disarm a mass killer on Sunday morning, taking a bullet himself while doing so. His actions since Sunday have proven beyond doubt that he’s an amazing person with a generous spirit.
He may not believe himself to be a hero, but in many people’s eyes, James Shaw Jr.’s heroism is evident, admirable, and inspirational.
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