People in need turn to GoFundMe amid pandemic, holidays

As Americans experience hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some are turning to the popular crowdsourcing platform for help paying their bills.
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We turn to a new way to help those in need during the season of Ng. With no government stimulus insight more people are turning to gofundme for that. Rebecca Jarvis has the details. Reporter: Good morning, George. There is both a great need and great desire among those who can to help those in need with basic payments for things like rent and groceries and that's why gofundme donations for very basic needs have topped $100 million. This holiday season many Americans are depending on the kindness of strangers to make ends meet. Whether accepting food donations or as some are trying by crowdfunding to pay bills. This trend we're seeing with so must have giving, despite the fact it's one of the hardest economies in our history, is a silver lining to the pandemic. Reporter: This woman was working for a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. Before being laid off in June. It was a whirlwind of emotions. Not only was there a pandemic, but what was I going to do? Reporter: Creating a gofundme page to pay backdebt, raising nearly $6,000 of a $9,000 goal in a month. This is what community does for each other. It's been very uplifting to my heart and my spirit. Reporter: Jim's photography business struggled during the pandemic. The single father of two selling some of his photography It's a new fear I've not Reporter: When an eviction notice landed on his door step his friend Joe started a gofundme. Theotal reaching more than the goal. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. You have kept me in my house, a roof over my kids' heads. You helpeds eat. Reporter: Experts say one of the benefits of crowdfunding is convenience. They say if you need to ask for help remember these tips. Be honest. What compels people to give is an honest story. Reporter: Be specific. No such thing as oversharing. You want to understand how your money is going to create ctct. Reporter: Follow up. In many cases donors are not expecting anything, but they would love to know how you're doing. Reporter: Just a reminder, if you are giving to a personal gofundme fundraiser, it's not tax deductible. George, it still can be a great way to reach people directly at a time when they need it. So many people have been hit so hard by the pandemic. What are some other ways people can help? Reporter: Well, some of the places that really need help right now are food banks. Also health and medical supply charities that get vital items into the hands of those who need them. A great place to go and check out charities is charitynavigator.org. It will tell you who it will help and they grade charities so you know you're getting it to the very best. Let's go to

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