Over $165K Donated to Mother Arrested for Leaving Children in Motel Room to Work

There’s no secret, it’s hard out here. Over a half million people in the country died from COVID-19 and close to a million people are filing for unemployment each week.

Fortunately, crowdfunding still provides opportunities for people to contribute to people in need. Shaina Bell, an Ohio mother received more than $165k in donations after being arrested for leaving her children in a motel room so that she can work.

As NBC 10 reports, Shaina Bell was arrested in Liberty Township, Ohio, and charged with two counts of misdemeanor child endangerment after she left two of her children, alone in the Motel 6 room where they live. 
“I had to go to work. My daughter decided that she wanted to stay here,” Bell told WKBN. “I felt that she was old enough to be able to stay here with her sister for a few hours because my job is right down the street.”

“Women are dammed if they do or damned if they don’t,” Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego tweeted in response to the story. “Stay at home with your kids and receive government assistance and you are a leach, go to work for poverty wages and can’t get consistent sitters and go to jail.”

Luckily, others emphasized with her struggle and opened their wallets instead. 

“My kids bring me joy. They make me laugh. They’re my world,” Bell said. “I would never do anything to harm my kids. My kids are everything to me. That’s all I do is go to work and take care of my kids. That’s all I do.”

A GoFundMe was created to help Bell secure permanent housing for her family with a goal of $5,000. The page has since passed $165,600. Bell told reporters she plans to use the money to buy a house for her children.

“A lot of people are saying hurtful things, but a lot of people are also being there for me and showing great support,” she said. “I have over $100,000 in a GoFundMe account right now. I didn’t ask for that, but people gave it to me, and I’m just over appreciative to what’s going on.”

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