The Falcon | Volume 83, Issue 53
Published: October 3 2012
After hearing that Andra Plotkin lost her job at Gwinn, Seattle Pacific University students used the internet to support her both emotionally and financially.
“I don’t think anyone at SPU has affected so many people on campus,” said senior Michelle Ramage, who set up a Facebook page where students left encouraging messages for Plotkin.
The Facebook page, entitled “Prayers, Encouragement, and References for Andra (ex-Gwinn employee and one of the most grace-filled people alive),” was a way for people to tangibly show how much they cared about Plotkin, Ramage said.
Supporters invited 889 people to the Facebook page event, and 771 people accepted.
Overall, people posted 141 messages on the page.
“It [the Facebook page] blew my mind,” Plotkin said. “After a while I couldn’t even read [the posts] because I was just crying and crying, and I tried to comment as much as I could.”
“It overwhelmed me beyond belief,” Plotkin said.
Students got creative in their Facebook encouragements, making memes, sharing stories and posting their favorite quotes from Plotkin.
Luke Arnold shared a story about Plotkin on the page, saying, “One day, I decided to say ‘Aloha’ to Andra [Plotkin] when I entered and exited Gwinn. And ever since that day, she would always smile and say ‘Aloha’ before swiping my card.”
“ This always made my day!” Arnold said. “ It’s amazing how a wonderful person like Andra [Plotkin] can make anyone’s day a hundred times better.”
“Thank You Andra and Aloha!” he said.
Others commented on Plotkin’s character, referring to her faith and attitude.
“As someone who isn’t a Christian, Andra Lee Plotkin gave me more hope in religion than anyone else, ever,” said Nathaniel Tavares who co-created the Facebook page with Ramage.
“She is one of the kindest and most loving people I have ever met and she does it all in the name of God,” Tavares said on the Facebook page. “In the short time I’ve known her, Andra went from the nice lady who swipes my card, to the sweetest employee I’ve ever worked with.”
Sophomore Danielle Tobin started an online fundraiser through Gogetfunding.com to create a “transitional fund” for
Plotkin. Tobin said she didn’t know Plotkin personally, but wanted to help.
Tobin set the fundraising goal at $250. The goal was met by 460%, with a total of $1,150 raised over the time span of 15 days. Students donated between $2 and $200.
“It was cool to see [the fundraiser] bear fruit,” Tobin said.
Since the fundraiser went through PayPal, Tobin said she ended up withdrawing money from her savings so that Plotkin could receive the money faster.
Plotkin said the money raised helped pay for rent and other necessities.
“I didn’t know they were going to raise a transitional fund for me,” Plotkin said.
Plotkin said she was fired over the summer because of a dispute. Sodexo declined to comment about her departure.
“Here are a bunch of kids, some of them that don’t have money to buy a meal plan,” Plotkin said.
“(And they) were willing to say, ‘hey we love her and we really care about her and we want to do something back’…nobody turned against me.”
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