Using spring break to help others

For many, spring break is now a memory. But not everyone went away on vacation. Some worked overtime to raise money to help others.

"I knew there was no way, while I'm supporting myself and going to school, to pay for something like that," said Cheyenne Bond.

So Bond, a senior at UT Austin, is using the website GoFundMe to help raise money for a trip to Uganda, where she'll work in safe houses helping survivors of sex trafficking.

"This is kind of modern day slavery. It's gotta stop somewhere. I think safe houses are a really good start," Bond said.

A future human rights lawyer, Bond needs $3500 for her April 2 trip to Africa.

During spring break, she worked two jobs and is also selling bracelets with beads made by women in Uganda.

But Bond says telling her story and mission on GoFundMe is what really helps. Anyone, anywhere can chip in money.

"With GoFundMe I'm able to email them a link and put it on Facebook or Twitter. They're able to donate right there and that makes it easier. Plus they can leave words of encouragement. It's really heart warming," she said.

Since GoFundMe started in 2010, $830 million has been raised on various campaigns.

Austinite Megan Garza racked up major debt to pay for a 2012 mission trip to an orphanage in Peru.

This time around, she is using GoFundMe to raise money for another trip to go back and help the more than 500 kids.

"There's a part of my heart that's always going to be with these kids. I trust that I will raise that money some way," Garza says.

Garza's goal is $2500. She's working two jobs and taking no vacations or trips so she can pay for it. But she says it's all worth it for a trip of a lifetime.

"I feel like we're called to help others in need. It's our job as humans to take care of those who don't have as much. Who don't have the ability to party on spring break because they don't have the ability to have their next meal taken care of," she said.

GoFundMe has more than eight million campaigns on several continents, including North America, Australia, and in parts of Europe.

There are tools in place to prevent fraud. For more information about GoFundMe you can go here.

To learn more or help out Megan and Cheyenne you can click on the links below.

Megan - http://www.gofundme.com/mzg5f8

Cheyenne - http://www.gofundme.com/cheygoesugandan



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