29-Year-Old Raises More Than $110K in the Hopes of Buying Back Her Grandparents' Beloved Farm




"In the last years of her life, [my grandmother] told me that she had taken to being pen pals with the son of the landowner she sharecropped for," Meeks wrote on GoFundMe. "He apologized for the ways he and his family had wronged my grandparents."

"It is no small feat that these people — my people — born not even 60 years after the dissolution of slavery, broke the mold of their families and somehow overcame admitted wrongdoing," she continued. "That feels like another miracle."

Meeks said she created the GoFundMe campaign when she learned the current owner of her grandparents' farm had put it up for sale.

"If all I ever accomplished in my life was buying back my grandparents’ farm and restoring it to something they would be proud of, that would be enough," she explained. "I want to live a life where my siblings and our children can go back there for holidays. I want my mama to spend more Thanksgivings or Christmases there in her life."

Since then, her campaign has exploded, raising more than $110,000 toward her $150,000 goal as of Monday afternoon.

Meeks tells PEOPLE she is currently trying to "hash out a deal" with the owner, and she is grateful for all those who donated.

"I am aghast at the money raised," she tells PEOPLE. "I knew I’d have to go viral to get anywhere near my goal, but to actually have it happen is delightful and shocking."

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