On Saturday, 8 year old Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family were living in a New York City shelter. They are homeless.
But a story in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof has turned that all around. Since Saturday, $81,000 has been raised for the family on gofundme.com.
The incentive here is that Tani is a grade school chess champion. His parents — who emigrated here a year ago from Nigeria– are hard workers. But they have nowhere to live.
Tani’s teacher, Russ Makofksy, started the GoFundMe page. He writes in the updates today: “This past weekend at the New York State Chess Championships he claimed the title of New York State Primary Chess Champion! (Top Players K – 3rd Grade).
Read the link to the Times story. Amazing! We’ll check back in and see how the campaign proceeds.