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St. Louis Woman's GoFundMe To Feed Kids Raises 40 Times Original Goal

Champale Anderson is the founder of Champ's Teardrops.
EVIE HEMPHILL | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO
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Champale Anderson is the founder of Champ's Teardrops.
Champale Anderson is the founder of Champ's Teardrops.
Credit EVIE HEMPHILL | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO
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Champale Anderson is the founder of Champ's Teardrops.

For the past five years, Champale Anderson has distributed free snack bags to kids in her neighborhood who would otherwise go hungry.

“Sometimes that snack is the only thing the kids have that evening,” she said. “They get a bag at 3 p.m., and they’re back by 7 p.m. for more.”

Anderson had been supplying the snacks out of her own pocket and decided recently to start a GoFundMe campaign. She started the campaign with a goal of raising $1,500, and as of Sept. 18, has raised more than $60,000. The amount raised continues to climb.

"I'm going to keep this thing going,” she said, “whether I have a GoFundMe or not."

Wednesday on St. Louis on the Air, Sarah Fenske talked with Anderson about her hopes for the campaign, Champ’s Teardrops. 

Hear their conversation:

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Emily Woodbury joined the St. Louis on the Air team in July 2019. Prior to that, she worked at Iowa Public Radio as a producer for two daily, statewide talk programs. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. She got her start in news radio by working at her college radio station as a news director. Emily enjoys playing roller derby, working with dogs, and playing games – both video and tabletop.