Last week, Niner Noise.com posted about a San Francisco 49ers fans who braved the Seattle Seahawks‘ Super Bowl celebration in full Red and Gold gear. We said someone should find out who this person was and vote him Niners Fan of the Year. While the fan should still be voted No. 1 among the 49ers Faithful, we also learned that he needs your help because he is homeless.
After the 15-year old Washington state native was dubbed the Niner Waldo Kid and pictures of him went viral, we have since learned he is homeless. Niners fan Catherine Tate, who writes for the website Ladies of the Empire, wanted to award him for his bravery by giving him one her seats for a game at Levi’s Stadium. Tate was able to find him through social media. That’s when she learned about him and realized he needed more than just tickets.
I was going to give him one of my seats, I have front row seats in the new stadium on the 50 yard line.
He’s 15, he is a ward of the state, and is homeless essentially. He lives in shelters. So this evolved from, let’s reward this kid for his bravery on one day, to let’s reward him for his bravery every day.
Head over to Ladies of the Empire to read an interview Tate conducted with the teenager to found out more information about his situation.
Tate started a GoFoundMe.com account to raise money for him so he could travel to the Bay Area to watch a 49ers game. After learning about his hardships the account has since morphed into a fund to help him in life, like using the money for college. Tate said the money pledged will not be touched until it is assured it will go to him and no one else. In the past four days, $26,431 was raised by 688 people. Some of the money pledged even came from Seahawks fans.
Regardless of whether this teenager was a Niners fan or not, it is important to help him out if you can. You can donate as little as $5 or even smaller amounts. Every bit helps. Niner Noise.com will be making a donation and we encourage you to do the same, if you can.
This is another one of those things of, yes, he belongs to us, but he also belongs to you. This is a Seattle, or Kirkland, native child that is your brother. People from Seattle have donated, saying I bleed blue and green, but this kid needs help and he needs these resources, so I want to partake. ~ Catherine Tate.