College football season is here and that means that friends and families are engaging in sometimes friendly and sometimes not so friendly rivalries. Especially in the south, where college football is a big thing, these rivalries can get heated. Ask any fan of Auburn who has a friend who supports Alabama. Or a University of Georgia fan whose brother supports Louisiana State University. Sometimes football rivalries can test even blood ties. Fortunately, these small animosities typically only last a season. However, those rivalries have been set aside in favor of generosity.
WAFB reports that LSU fans have raised $40,000 to donate to a couple who have three children attending Georgia Southern University after they were killed in a car wreck.
Michael Booth, who is from Mandeville, is a LSU fan. When he heard that Danny and Julie Hagan, who are Georgia Southern University fans, were killed in a car wreck on I-16, he knew he had to do something. The couple was headed home after watching the LSU game.
The Hagans were traveling on I-16 when their vehicle hydroplaned and wrecked. One of them was killed instantly and the other died from their injuries a short time later.
Booth heard the news and decided to set up a GoFundMe account for the couple’s three children, all of whom attend Georgia Southern University. Once he set up the account, he posted the link on a LSU message board.
LSU fans began donating earnestly, eventually raising $40,000 for the couple’s children. A bank account for the children has been set up and once all due diligence has been completed, the donated funds will be deposited.
More than 875 people have donated to the cause, which raised over $10,000 in the first 24 hours of the campaign.
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