College student raises $220K for St. Jude Children’s Hospital after pledge on Twitter goes viral

iStock/Thinkstock(PULLMAN, Wash.) — A college student whose tweet about her attempt to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital went viral is learning the power of social media.

Danni Messina, a sophomore at Washington State University, promised 25 cents for every “favorite” her tweet received, and 50 cents for every retweet. The only problem: She didn’t expect to get more than 475,000 favorites and more than 205,000 retweets, adding up to about a whopping $220,000.

“I drew a blank. I really had no idea what to expect,” Messina, 19, said on Good Morning America of her initial shock at her tweet’s success. …read more