Man Criticized for Using GoFundMe to Raise Money to Buy Christmas Gifts for His Children
A 32-year-old British man is facing criticism for setting up a GoFundMe to raise money to buy Christmas gifts for his five children.
Ben Buckley said he had to cut his work hours to help take care of his four older children when his partner, Kirsty Wickings, became sick during a complicated pregnancy. Wickings give birth to a healthy girl earlier this month, but the mother had to be hospitalized several times for a lung infection. Buckley said that he had enough money from his reduced hours to pay rent and utilities, but set up the GoFundMe because he was worried he wouldn't be able to buy gifts for his children.
The campaign passed its $2,500 goal in just three days, but some online were blasting it, criticizing the amount he asked for and the idea that Christmas is only about gifts.
One person tweeted: "I think this shows everything that is wrong in this society and sends out the wrong message to his children."