Local pastor raises more than $20K to pay off student lunch debt

A local pastor and founder of a rehabilitation home is raising money to help pay off student debt. 

Yauo Yang, Pastor of The Cross and founder of Gospel TLC, which helps rehabilitate people who have had trouble with drugs, crime and alcohol addiction, started a GoFundMe last week to help pay for students who have racked up debt from the lunches they’ve eaten but were unable to pay for. 

Yang set a goal of $20,000, and as of Monday morning had already raised nearly $17,000, and by Wednesday donations more than exceeded the $20,000 goal. Yang says the money will help students in the Wausau and D.C. Everest school districts pay off their lunch debt. 

The GoFundMe page received more than 350 separate donations, including one anonymous $5,000 donation.