One Facebook post led to an outpouring of support for Fort Mill mom Jennifer Lingerfeldt.
When Lingerfeldt, 21, went on the “Fort Mill/Tega Cay Buy it, Sell it, Give it Away” Facebook site last month asking for formula for her 8-month-old daughter Ellisa, she said the response blew her away.
Lingerfeldt’s request turned into more than 300 comments from people wanting to give her formula, clothes and other supplies for Ellisa and her other daughter, Harley, 2.
Lingerfeldt’s husband just started a new job and is between paychecks.
“We live paycheck to paycheck just like your average family,” she said.
Lingerfeldt said she went on the site hoping to find formula or tips on places to check that might lead her to some. Lingerfeldt received a couple hundred dollars’ worth of formula, including 10 oversized cans and four regular sized cans, clothes for her daughters and herself and baby food.
“They provided so much more than I originally asked for,” Lingerfeldt said.
“Knowing there are people willing to help my children and myself out like that when they don’t even know me is the awesome part.”
Lingerfeldt said she is thankful for the support from residents in Fort Mill, where she moved to from Pineville, N.C., eight years ago.
“Even though we are expanding, we are still a tight-knit community," she said. “We are still there for one another even when we are complete strangers. There is always going to be people out there to help.”
The local mom said she wants people to realize that they can ask for help.
“I want to bring light to those that are struggling to reach out for help,” Lingerfeldt said.
“You don’t have to sit there and worry how your child is going to eat. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, the worst that can happen is your told no.”