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WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa -- Organizers of a fund for a Williamsburg family who lost their 4-year-old daughter last week in a traffic wreck are close to passing their goal.
According to a co-founder of the gofundme.com page for the Mumm Family Fund, as of noon on Tuesday, organizers were only $50 away from their goal of $15,000. It previously appeared as though organizers had passed the goal, before discovering fraudulent activity on the page, which set them back a bit. With that addressed, organizers are focused on beating their goal.
"Oh my gosh, it's amazing," said Brad Dains, of of the fundraiser's co-organizers. "I've been in touch with the best friend of Matt (Mumm)...They are just completely overwhelmed by the amount of donations that have come in."
The outpouring of support comes after 4-year-old Kaitlyn Mumm died in a wreck Friday night south of Highway 6 near Marengo. Brandi Mumm - Kaitlyn's mother - and another driver suffered serious injuries. According to the Mumm's fundraising page, Brandi Mumm is still hospitalized. The Iowa State Patrol has not released a preliminary report on the crash.
There were 11 traffic deaths this past weekend, due in part to icy conditions.
Brandi and her husband, Matt Mumm, are graduates of Iowa Valley High School. Dain, who attended elementary and high school with Matt Mumm, said word of the tragic crash spread quickly on social media Friday night. The next day, one of their classmates suggested buying flowers or planting a tree for the family. Dain suggested a fundraiser.
"I did a fundraiser about four months ago that was incredibly successful for a little boy that has blood cancer," he said. "I was able to raise about $14,000 with that."
Dains said the classmates decided to launch the fundraiser and "see what happens." What happened was a huge outpouring of support. Within six hours, they had already raised $6,000. The organizers raised their fundraising goal from $10,000 to $15,000. They also got pledges of other forms of support from other organizations. Funeral expenses for Kaitlyn have been taken care of by one organization, Dains said.
The online amount does not include donations sent to the Kaitlyn Mumm Memorial Fund established at the Farmers Trust and Savings Bank in Williamsburg. Dains estimates the bank fund has about $3,000 in donations.
Through the tragedy, Dains said he has been moved by the outpouring of support.
"That's kind of one of the beautiful things we're discovering about our small town," he said. "It's amazing to see a community step up and support a family."