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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.

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:

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Alexis Moore. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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Emily is the senior producer for "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.