Kenyans raise over Ksh.100,000 for Lucy Gatimu hours after she was bullied on Twitter

Kenyans raise over Ksh.100,000 for Lucy Gatimu hours after she was bullied on Twitter

A day after a Tweep rubbished her innocent attempts at getting help for her two school-going kids, Lucy Gatimu can now smile in relief after Kenyans in their droves changed her story-possibly forever.

Ms Gatimu who does laundry services to put bread on the table had tweeted that doing laundry every day had taken a toll on her, asking well-wishers to come to her aid.

All she needed, according to her tweet, was someone to buy uniform for her two daughters.

And in just a few short hours, kind-hearted Kenyans did more than just the uniform, flooding her phone number with endless donations.

She told Citizen Digital on phone that she had managed to raise an impressive KSh.110,000 from Kenyans on Twitter.

And on Tuesday morning, beaming from ear to ear, unable to believe that one nasty tweet undid all her woes, Ms Gatimu took two Twitter to thank KOT.

“Thank you soo much guys for the love you have showed us…I luck words to express how we feel what we are sure is that we really appreciate and My God remember this kindness you have done and answer all your desire and come through for you all…” She wrote.

She followed the update with an announcement that she had forgiven one Osama Otero who had rubbished her cry for help before hurling insults her way.

“I want to inform everyone is that @osamaOterocalled us with my girls, and he apologized, and we have forgiven him…we are good,” she added

It all started when Twitter user Osama Otero took to the social networking site urging his followers to take it upon themselves to help less privileged children with school necessities whenever possible.

Ms Gatimu then took to the comment section pleading with Otero to “start with me” saying two of her daughters are in need of extra uniform, but she is unable to raise the money since whatever she makes from doing people’s laundry isn’t enough.

Otero, in response, told her to sell the phone she was using to tweet and buy the kids the spare uniform, then buy a cheaper phone with the balance.

Gatimu, seemingly hurt by the response, apologized if her request had angered Otero saying she had no bad intentions “by asking for help.”

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