Ronald Poppo's Gotten $75,000 In Donations; Here's How To Give Without The Middleman Taking 10 Percent

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Ronald Poppo, the homeless victim of the face-eating attack, faces a long and expensive road towards recovery. But the international interest in the gruesome event has an upside: To date, around 2,000 Samaritans have donated approximately $75,000 to go to his medical care. We got that figure from Larry Clark, communications director at Jackson Memorial Foundation (JMF), the hospital-linked charity that is taking donations.

Here's the thing: Poppo will see 90-percent of that. JMF takes 10-percent for itself. If you're like us, you'd rather see every penny of your money go directly to Poppo. And making that happen is as easy as walking to the mailbox.

Poppo is covered by Medicare and Medicaid, so those programs will cover whatever free care he qualifies for. JMF's fund will then go towards the remainder of his care. There's no current estimate for Poppo's medical costs, but they should be hugely expensive, especially if he ends up qualifying for a face transplant.

If there is money left over after his medical needs are fulfilled, JMF's remaining fund-- minus 10 percent, of course-- goes to him personally.

God bless the JMF for setting up the fund, but we'd say $7,500 for their troubles is enough. You can cut out the middleman by sending checks or money orders to:

Ronald Poppo
Ryder Trauma Center
Jackson Health System
1800 Northwest 10th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

We've confirmed that Poppo will receive the mail, even if he's moved between hospital areas by the time you send the donation.

"Jackson's only official avenue for donation is through the Jackson Memorial Fund," says the hospital's corporate director of public affairs, Ed O'Dell. But he admits that sending a check to Poppo is as easy as sending a check to your grandmother in the hospital. Surrounding by caretakers, cashing those checks and money orders shouldn't be an issue for Poppo.

Plus, we bet he'd love the mail.

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Chris Long
Chris Long

This is appalling - all of Ronald Poppo's necessary medical care is already assured. The Jackson Memorial Foundation appears to be nothing more than a weasel way for the hospital to squeeze money from a public that genuinely want to help poor Mr. Poppo. Mr. Poppo is under no legal or moral responsibility to pay for his medical care - he's homeless and possibly mentally ill. None of this money will do anything to improve the medical treatment that he's receiving, and taking a 10% cut on top of everything else is disgusting. The time to donate to a (genuine) charity is once Mr. Poppo is post-operative and has expenses outside of his medical care (food, housing, transportation, someone to read books to him).

Ashley
Ashley

How is it possible that a woman on a bus was bullied by children and got a half a million bucks and this man had his face chewed off by another human being and all we can raise is $75,000?! Everyone needs to send this man $5 bucks.

john
john

Was thinking the exact same. This world has its priorities upside down.

Lulu K
Lulu K

 Whether it be income or donations, yes it will negatively effect his new coverage. When ever your on public assistance or social security, they don't want to see more then 2,000 in your account, then problems start.  Also, Social services are involved and while they act like they're are helping you, they are also making sure you haven't got anything extra. There is time to do a bigger donation.  Gifts however should be no problem. I sent him a poem and a gift, a shirt of Lebron james from the Miami Heat, something like that would make no difference. I take part in a page on facecook that was created by someone else of support for Ronald and have spoken to a lot of people through it and they feel the same way, let's hold out for a bit and let him get sorted first.  After he is out of the woods, we are going to try to work something out for him.

Katie Oshlick
Katie Oshlick

If donating to him personally will have an effect on whether or not he can receive Medicare/Medicaid, then people should absolutely continue to donate through the fund set up for him.  Charities need to take a small cut in order to continue running and offering services like this that will still help him get his medical needs met without ruining his chances to receive other benefits. But its' great that his address has been shared with us.  You don't have to send money to show someone that you support them in their struggle - send him a card.  I imagine that, being homeless as long as he has and even being assumed dead by his own family, the emotional support would be quite welcome.

Stacey Renee Dean
Stacey Renee Dean

I don't really understand how this works, so please inform me, but, are gifts/donations considered taxable or as "income" that can go against the consideration for Medicare/Medicaid?

Lulu K
Lulu K

This is to anyone reading this post also.  Remember Mr. Poppo cannot see, this leaves him even more vulnerable right now and cannot possibly manage papers let alone checks. Please do not take this advice. We can do for him, but now is not the right time, it's sad it's a lower amount then what we have hoped for but perhaps it's a blessing in disguise. I hope you do not send a check to him and it sits in the room or gets lost. there will be an opportunity in a much more organized and safer way I am sure once the time is appropriate, he needs to get out of the woods fist medically speaking. 

Lulu K
Lulu K

 Who is being rude? If you write to the public it's an open door for discussion.  We are also concerned and it would be a disaster. No one has cursed him out or was abusive in any way. Why should we all write a column ?  So, should we all sit quietly while this mistake takes place from the goodness of our hearts? It's now up to him to either do more research before he pushes this out or delete it, or keep it the way it is, up to him. He does not need you to be his protector, I'm sure he will consider what has been said and make his own assessment. I see your reading up, have you done anything to try and help or write something online?? Just curious

Lulu K
Lulu K

 Also,if someone at the Hospital gave such advice, I would question that also.

Mike
Mike

While these replys are well intentioned, you people don't need to slam the writer for trying to help a man in need. There are ways to confront the issue without taking personal shots at the writer. And if all of you know so much why didn't you write a column youselfs? Seems pretty ignorant to me.

Sanchez
Sanchez

Yes, God forbid a journalist listens to readers that obviously know the issue and are pointing out an error that may hurt somebody. The arrogance of journalists is one of the main reasons the industry is going down the drain.

Lulu K
Lulu K

 Unfortunately it will cause him to not be able to recieve medicaid. Once the person has over two grand, it then becomes a big issue. he would have to have a bank account opened and has no family to do so, plus wolves come out so to speak to get his money. This would be a disaster and he is in no position to keep his checks in order with all the moving around and surgeries. Please consider taking this down. It is going to cause a huge problem and folks want to know they are sending money safely, this is not safe. I'm just concerned for him and want the best for him as you and many others do. 

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