100% of the funds raised will go towards "Gianna's care and future," the fundraiser states.
A GoFundMe campaign set up for George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna Floyd, had raised over $1.3 million as of Thursday morning. 100% of the funds raised will go towards "Gianna's care and future," the fundraiser states. Netizens flocked to contribute to the fund for the young girl, who recently won hearts on social media after a video of her shouting, "Daddy changed the world!" while on the shoulders of former NBA player Stephen Jackson during a protest went viral across platforms. The same day Gianna was seen clinging to her mother Roxie Washington during an emotional plea for justice on Tuesday at City Hall in Minneapolis.
he was a FATHER. imagine what he was thinking his last moments, wondering what his little girl would think. he did change the world and gianna floyd deserves to live in one where she is unconditionally LOVED pic.twitter.com/zsatZBO19E— kara ! (@capscore) June 3, 2020
"Because of her father’s tragic murder due to police brutality, Gianna will now go through life without her dad. In addition, their family has lost their provider, and will no doubt suffer financial hardship after this tragic loss," the fundraising campaign states. "As a community, we want to come together in this time of need and assist Gianna’s mother, Roxie Washington, by donating whatever we can to help provide mental and grief counseling for George Floyd’s youngest child, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist Roxie (Gianna's mother) in providing for their child’s continued well-being and education."
"Our hearts are overwhelmed with gratitude and we ask that you think of Gianna and the rest of our family as we suffer through this great loss," said Washington. Although a number of fundraisers have appeared on GoFundMe in Gianna's name, PEOPLE confirmed that this is the only official one from the family. During a recent interview with Good Morning America, the little girl briefly mentioned her hopes and dreams for the future. "I know what I want to be when I grow up," she said. "A doctor. So I can help people."
#GeorgeFloyd w/ his daughter Gianna 6 years ago. We have to let his children know that, regardless of what the police thought about him, George Floyd’s life mattered. Let’s make it resounding clear for his children to know that we stood up! #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #SayHisName pic.twitter.com/NZRbVNjU0s— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) May 27, 2020
During the interview, Washington spoke of the special bond Floyd shared with his daughter. "He just wanted her to have the best," she said. "We were struggling so he did what he had to do as a man and he had to come here [to Minneapolis] to work. And he said I’m going to come back and get y’all. I mean, that was his baby. He loved his little girl. He would put her on his shoulders. She didn't have to play with nobody else because daddy was gonna play all day long. And they played. They had fun."
Washington revealed that although she didn't know how to break the news of her father's death to Gianna, she had to face the conversation because the young girl had picked up on the sudden buzz about Floyd. "I had closed the door so I could watch the news. I went in the room and I said 'Gianna, why did you open the door?' She said 'Something's going on with my family,' She said 'I hear them. I hear them saying my Daddy's name," she said. "She doesn't know what happened. I told her Daddy died because he couldn't breathe."
During Tuesday's press conference, Washington lamented that Floyd would never watch his daughter grow up. "I don't have a lot to say, because I can't get my words together right now. But I wanted everybody to know that this is what those officers took," she said, her voice breaking as young Gianna clung to her. "At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families. Gianna does not have a father. He will never see her grow up, graduate, he will never walk her down the aisle. If there's a problem she's having and she needs her dad, she does not have that anymore."