|(Sam Dean/Roanoke Times/Roanoke.com)|
Virginia Tech senior Bethany Darnley created a Facebook event Thursday night after hearing of Crouse's death and the family he left behind.
"It just made my heart melt. I thought that they deserved to have a Christmas just like everyone else," she said.
On Friday, she merged her venture with a fund established at National Bank of Blacksburg. All donations to the fund set up by Darnley will be kept by the bank in an account in the name of Crouse's wife.
"I thought it was going to be a couple of friends, a couple of hundred dollars max," she said. "This turned to be something much bigger."
Darnley had never met Crouse nor spoken with his wife or children.
It was unclear Friday how much had been raised in donations made directly to the bank.
How to donate
Donations are accepted in person at the National Bank of Blacksburg or by mail to:
Deriek Crouse Memorial Fund
National Bank of Blacksburg
Attn: Dana Sutphin
P.O. Box 90002
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9002.
To make a donation online, visit Hokies for Crouse at https://sites.google.com/site/hokiesforcrouse.