Man starts GoFundMe account to give needy families a special Christmas

Man starts GoFundMe account to give needy families a special Christmas

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A fundraiser that lasted one week resulted in $5,000 for a guy looking to give back to his community and it started with a post on social media.

It's easy to get caught up in the holiday season, buying for the people on your list and maybe even something new for yourself.

Sage Brignac said all that spending is something he put in perspective last week.

"I saw how much money I spent," Brignac said. "So I said, 'That's nothing. Why not take that much money and give it to somebody else?'"

On December 8, he put a post on his Facebook page stating he wanted to give Christmas to a less fortunate family. He asked if anyone else was interested. The post got 100 likes.

Brignac also started a GoFundMe account that same night and donations rolled in.

"$4,400 as of today. But with cash donations, I'm a little over $5,300, since last Tuesday," Brignac explained.

The majority of that money was spent on two trips to the toy store. More than 20 bikes, scooters and other items are moving from his garage and going to children from families in need, through the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Christmas Crusade.

After posting pictures on Facebook, money continued flowing in and he's found more families to help.

"About six families individually and two Salvation Army adopted angels," Brignac added.

In a week's time, he's seen the spirit of giving. He wants no praise, just smiles from children who'll wake up Christmas morning with something under the tree.

"It made my Christmas dream come true. That's what it did," Brignac said.

He is hoping to make this an annual fundraiser. Some of the families he's helping out are with the 'Make a Smile' foundation, an organization that helps families and children who are in and out of the hospital.

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