It only took a day for friends and strangers alike to help a soon-to-wed SoCal couple whose wedding money was stolen save their big day.
Ray De Santiago and Christina Scheuplein were burglarized of $6,000 they had saved for their wedding a week before the ceremony.
The couple's home was ransacked Saturday night, along with seven other homes and one car in the Valinda area, near La Puente, according to a deputy with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Industry station.
All of the cash the couple had saved to pay the vendors for the March 15 wedding was gone – specifically the money to buy the flowers and pay the florist.
De Santiago lost his job a little more than a month ago, according to Cameron Scheuplein, Christina’s uncle and Ray’s best man. To "help save Ray and Christina’s wedding," Cameron created a page on an online fundraising website called GoFundMe.
In just 24 hours, the $6,000 goal was surpassed. By 3 p.m. Tuesday, $6,500 had been raised.
"The outpouring of support has been overwhelming," Cameron said. "We even had one stranger who donated $2,000."
At this point, the wedding is still scheduled for Saturday. Thanks to the kindess of donors, De Santiago and Scheuplein were able to meet with the florist Tuesday as scheduled.
The funds that exceed the goal will go toward the purchase of "a large safe and possibly a home security system," Cameron said.