Broke College Student Successfully Crowdfunds $10 Chicken McNugget Meal

Crowdfunding has proven to do miraculous things: giving a former homeless man the chance to turn his life around, helping a woman purchase a wheelchair-accessible van for her father, and now, paying for a guy’s 20-piece chicken McNugget meal.

A Jacksonville State University student, Michael Panik, created a GoFundMe campaign for a McDonald’s McNugget meal on September 14. The Alabama student successfully raised $10, enough to feed himself at the fast food chain a few hours after it launched.

He told Rise News:

“A friend and mine were talking about all the ridiculous GoFundMe campaigns we’ve seen recently, basically people just asking for money to buy personal stuff: new equipment, software… It’s pretty rude, honestly — just begging for money for things you want or need, that ultimately aren’t super expensive, and aren’t true necessities.”

Though Panik is putting a point across about the silliness of crowdfunding pages these days, he does so with a good sense of humor. A message on his GoFundMe page reads:

“I just want to give a sincere thank you to all who have helped me along his journey […] No man is an island-I never could have done this without you all.”

“Well, maybe I could have gotten a job and raised the money myself, but I never could have made it without working without you guys!”

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