Over $23,000 raised to help family of toddler killed in alligator attack

Over $23,000 raised to help family of toddler killed in alligator attack

ORLANDO, FL (WWBT) - In less than 24 hours, a gofundme page to help the family of a 2-year-old boy who was dragged by an alligator into a Disney resort lake, is quickly approaching its goal thanks to the kindness of strangers.

Over $23,000 has been raised by for the family of Matt and Melissa Graves, who lost their young son Lane in the attack. The page was set up by Kingdom Strollers, who provided a stroller to them while they were in Orlando.

"When the family's name was announced we knew immediately that they were our guests," said Matthew Wilhite, a company operator. "With two small children of our own, and the ability to cast a wide net of support from our past guests and Facebook fans, we knew this was the right thing to do for a family whose world has just been turned upside down."

The company is hoping to raise $30,000 by Saturday to help the Graves family during this tragic time.

"The cost of losing someone so young should not become an additional burden for this young family," the gofundme page reads.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, over 700 people have donated money to the fundraiser, while leaving their own messages of condolence to the Graves family.

"There are simply no words to express how deeply sadden we are by your loss," said one donor. "Please know that so many people care and love you and are praying for some sort of healing and recovery of your hearts."

Another donor said, "So very sorry for your devastating loss. My heart aches for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers."

The goal was increased by organizers to $30,000 after "speaking with several people who have lost a child," adding, "The costs involved to lay your child to rest should not have to be budgeted."

The gofundme page says "All of the funds raised will be given directly to Matt & Melissa Graves to help support their family as they put the pieces of their lives back together."

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