‘A True American Hero’: GoFundMe To Support Soldier Who Died Days Before Christmas Tops $150,000

A fundraising effort to support the family of fallen U.S. Army Sgt. Michael James Goble has passed its latest goal of $150,000 and people are still giving.

Goble was on his third deployment to Afghanistan when he died just days before Christmas, leaving behind his girlfriend and daughter.

Starting up the GoFundMe for the family, organizer Lisa Barker wrote that the country “lost a true American hero” and that “anyone who crossed paths with Mike was truly blessed.”

“I have never met a soldier that was more passionate and patriotic than Mike Goble,” she said in a description of the fundraiser. “He loved this country endlessly, and paid the ultimate sacrifice for it, fighting for our freedom. He leaves behind a beautiful daughter, and his beautiful partner Jen, who has stood by his side all these years.”

“Times are going to be very hard over the next few months,” she continued. “The last thing she needs to worry about is money; all donations will go directly to Jennifer Albuquerque to take care of herself and their daughter. Let’s do what we can to support this family, and do right by Mike.”

The initial fundraising page was started on December 23, 2019, the day after Goble died, and hit its initial goal of $15,000 within a day.

Barker wrote an update thanking those who gave so speedily.

“The fact that this community of family and friends has raised over $15,000 in less than a day, is a true testament of the kind of man we all knew Mike to be,” she said. “This is truly incredible. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for surrounding Mike’s memory, and his family, with your love and kindness. God bless you Mike, and God bless your family.”

After the page quickly hit a new fundraising goal, Barker came back again with a another update where she said: “I know that Mike would be beaming with gratefulness at the patriotism and generosity you’ve shown his family.”

“God bless every single one of you that have come to this page to show your support for Mike’s family, and have written messages of your condolences,” she also said. “This is truly incredible, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

She added, “Tomorrow is Christmas morning, and Mike’s remains will be reunited with his loved ones. They will be in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow, on what will be one of the most difficult days of their lives.”

The page’s new goal is $200,000.