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'Samaritan' looks to help others

Everything from rent to extermination
Posted at 12:52 PM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 14:24:24-04

The story of an 11-year-old girl getting her hair caught in a carnival ride in south Omaha caught the attention of Danielle Camden.

The mother of seven decided to enlist the help of her family to raise money for Elizabeth “Lulu” Gilreath  by gathering donations from businesses.

After seeing an outpour of community support for Lulu, the 30-year-old Plattsmouth woman realized others needed help.

In June, she incorporated Samaritan Community Supporterd Charity (CSC), along with her fiancé and best friend. Currently, the non-profit is waiting to be approved for a tax exempt status.

We got a bus pass for a family that didn't have means of transportation because their car was stolen, Camden says.

There was also the story of a bed bug infested mattress inside a family's home.

"I reached out to someone I knew,  an extermination business – it's Bug Doctor, and he said that he would do it for free labor.”

In two months, Camden says she has helped a lot of families while also facing backlash.

“We have had a couple criticism meet us as far as our legitimacy is concern,” she says.

A Facebook post went viral after a user questioned whether Lulu even received the money, she says, but she isn’t letting that negativity stop her. 

A Samaritan is just a regular person trying to do good in the world.”

To learn more about Samaritan CSC, click here.