D.C. Social Worker on Viral Video: 'Furthest Thing I was Thinking'

November 19, 2018

By Eyasu Delesa

A D.C. social worker who helped calm a man down as he was held gunpoint by police says she never expected the video of the incident to go viral.

"That was like the furthest thing I was thinking of," Grace McKinnon told the Joe Clair Morning Show. "After I left the scene I was like 'I can't believe this just happened.' I was just trying to grasp the fact of what just happened."

The video McKinnon posted has garnered more than 8 million views.

The social worker, who is a natural helper, used the new attention to start a GoFundMe for  Anthony Williams, the man in the video who is a homeless high school student at Kingsman Academy Public Charter School in Capitol Hill.

The GoFundMe has helped raised more than $25,000 for Anthony, far exceeding the original goal of $6,000. 

McKinnon is also collecting 'Cozykits,' to help "40 other students who are experiencing homelessness at their school." She is looking to collect winter coats, gloves, scarves, hats, socks, underwear, snacks, and other toiletries. To learn more, click here.

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