By Belinda Paschal
December 6, 2013
Belinda M. Paschal
PIQUA — As a successful entrepreneur, Joshua Landis has participated in numerous fundraisers and charity events, including one for a sports celebrity, but his latest venture hits closer to home.
When Landis learned that the parents of his beloved cousin, Kristin A. Magill, who died in September at age 25, couldn’t afford a headstone for their son’s grave, he turned to a resource that’s becoming increasingly popular: online crowd funding.
“I was in town visiting family for Thanksgiving and had a sit-down with (Kris’ parents) Linda and Caleb and they said he didn’t have a headstone yet,” said Landis, a former Piquad who now lives outside Philadelphia. “I asked them how long he would be without a headstone and they said they didn’t have the money for it. I knew that social media was a viable option to raise the money.”
With this in mind, Landis established a fundraising page for Kris on the YouCaring.com free online fundraising site. Titled “This ONE is for Kris,” the fundraiser has a goal of $10,000 and asks donors to contribute just a dollar apiece.
“A lot of fundraisers ask for $25 to $100, but not everyone can give that much,” said Landis, owner of The iLove Team, a photo booth company in Glenside, Pa. “But we all have a dollar that we can find somewhere in the house, and that’s all I’m asking to make a Christmas miracle.”
During the first week since it was established, the funding campaign has garnered more than $300. The campaign runs through Dec. 31. To donate, visit www.thisoneisforkris.org.