When Supernatural star Jared Padalecki announced via his Twitter that he and his wife, Genevieve Padalecki (neé Cortese), were expecting their first child, the out pour of congratulations and support for the couple was instantaneous.
But no one was quite prepared for just how much support would come flowing through the vast channels of the internet mere hours later.
In lieu of gifts, the couple asked that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance.
“Lets make the world a brighter place for those not as fortunate,” Padalecki tweeted along with the request. And in true Supernatural-fan fashion, within hours a donation site was set up by Winchester Bros for anyone willing to donate a few dollars to a worthy cause.
But no one could have expected how willing the fans would be.
An original goal was set at $10,000 that was to hopefully be achieved before the little mini-Padalecki arrived. But when over $3,700 had been raised within the first 12 hours, it seemed like there would be no problem fulfilling what was hoped to be achieved.
And sure enough, a few short days later the $10,000 mark was surpassed and the goal was doubled. Currently, the total raised sits at $10,662, and while the donations have lapsed from the initial tidal wave to a smaller stream the intent of the fans still holds strong.
It is a well known fact that cult television shows and movies generally don’t get the recognition they deserve. We’ll never see Supernatural in the running for an Emmy or being promoted regularly on talk shows. But if there’s one thing that no one can ignore, it is the dedication and adoration that the fans show. And it is often done in “behind the scenes” so to speak, without much recognition or praise.
So I find this fundraiser for St. Jude’s to not only be inspiring, but also hopeful. Because in a time where money is tight, jobs are tighter and time seems like it’s at its worst, there are still these little spots of light in the darkness. It shows that there is still a whole lot of good in people, even if it does show up beneath rock salt and holy water.
If you would like to donate to the St. Jude’s fundraiser, please visit this website. Thank you in advance for your generosity.