More than $177,000 has been raised for the woman who saved a disabled man during a blizzard. Sha’Kyra Aughtry shared a video on Facebook revealing that she heard screaming outside on Christmas Eve. She went outside to investigate, only to find Joey ‘Joe’ White, 64, lying in a pile of snow with severe frostbite. Sha’Kyra and her boyfriend, Trent, brought Joe inside and looked after him until medical help could arrive. Now, people want to reward her for her kindness.
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- Joe was in a bad state when Sha’Kyra Aughtry found him. Because he was covered in ice, she cut his socks off and got a blow dryer to thaw his pants, which were stuck to his legs. She and Trent also gave him a set of clean clothes, blankets, and food to warm him up.
- Sha’Kyra called around to see who could help. Given the extreme weather, it was difficult to get anyone who was able to come out. She even called the group home where Joe lived, but no one showed up to bring Joe home. “Nobody has been here to help this man one time — I talk to other people because I have a lot of family members that are medical professionals, and this is what his hands is looking like,” Sha-Kyra said.
- Joe needed medical help. While Sha’Kyra and Trent no doubt saved Joe’s life, the frostbite was serious and the man needed to get to a hospital. She took it upon herself to get Joe over to County Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with fourth-degree burns.
- A GoFundMe was launched to thank Sha’Kyra Aughtry for her kindness. She no doubt saved Joe’s life, and that means something. Chris Dearing, one of Joe’s employees at North Park Theater where he works, decided to start the fundraiser. Since it went live, more than $177,000 has been raised for Sha’Kyra and Trent. There’s a second GoFundMe page for Joe’s recovery, which has nearly reached $100,000.