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Strangers offer comfort, money to Indian grandfather

Published: Feb. 14, 2015 at 2:55 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 14, 2015 at 1:55 AM CDT
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MADISON, AL (WAFF) - The story of an Indian grandfather body-slammed by a Madison police officer is reaching far beyond north Alabama.

It's a story that spread fast around the country and around the world.

All the way in Seattle, Washington, Laura Galbato saw the story.

"I think like most Americans I was pretty upset and appalled by what happened," she said.

She immediately jumped to action, creating a campaign for Sureshbhai Patel.

"Why don't we have this sort of national, 'Get Well Mr. Patel,' card campaign where he feels that most Americans are actually caring and generous," said Galbato.

Galbato isn't the only one who was touched by this story. Another stranger created a GoFundMe page, and it has already raised more than $100,000 with donations coming in from all over the world.

"I don't want him to feel as if all Americans are like this," Galbato said. "He arrived in this country and one week later this happened to him. Most Americans are caring generous people and there are a few bad apples out there."

She's inviting others to join her in giving Patel a proper welcome to the U.S..

"Send him a get well card, something that says we care, we are generous people and we wish you the best in your recovery," she said.