A four-month-old infant was sleeping in her bed last Wednesday when a raccoon managed to get into the Philadelphia apartment, drag the infant out of bed and attack her. The infant, Journi Black, sustained brutal injuries from the vicious mauling.
Since the incident, an outpouring of donations flooded in to get the toddler to a new “safe and secure” home to live in. According to Journi’s uncle, Kenneth McDuffie, the overwhelming amount of donations to the infant’s GoFundMe page during Christmas was vital to being able to move to a new home. The GoFundMe page’s initial goals was $2,000, but in a matter of three days it hit over $16,000. As of Monday afternoon, more than 520 people have contributed to the fundraiser.
“It will be safe. It will be secure. It will be wildlife- and rodent-free, a place where they are comfortable and they are safe,” McDuffie told reporting media. “We can’t always predict what is going to happen in the future, but we want to make sure that [Rodgers] and her family are safe.”
Journi’s mother, Ashley Rodgers, reportedly said that she was overwhelmed by the support. “I’m good. She’s good,” Rodgers reportedly said.
She also posted a Christmas update on the GoFundMe page after people dropped off gifts for her daughter, with the caption: “Merry Christmas! Thank you all for outpouring of love & support. Baby Journi is enjoying all the gift s You all really know how to make a girl feel special. Peace & Blessings to you and your family on this glorious day!”
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