Woman, 108, remains in assisted living home -- thanks to 800 donors

Carrie Lou Rausch with her husband, Paul, on their wedding day.

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  • Well-wishers from 22 states raised nearly $50,000 to help Carrie Lou Rausch
  • The 108-year-old woman has enough to stay in assisted living home for a year

(CNN)Carrie Lou Rausch, 108, has been in an assisted living facility for almost three years, but her funds to remain there were running dry.

Since her home in Columbus, Ohio, doesn't accept Medicaid, Rausch faced a problem unless she came up with some more money. But now a GoFundMe page has allowed her to stay one more year -- much to her family's relief.
    Well-wishers from 22 states raised nearly $50,000 -- $10,000 above the goal
    Susan Hatfield, Rausch's daughter, said the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind.
    "At this time, when there is so much hostility and division and self-centeredness in the country, that this many people can show care for a total stranger, this renews my faith that humans are good. That has been amazing for my whole family."
    And those who gave on the GoFundMe page agree. "I'm thrilled that people from all over came together to help your mom. It restores faith in the good of humanity," one contributor wrote.
    Another said, "We have loved Carrie Lou for many years. She is spirit-filled. God continues to bless her and all who are privileged to know this great lady."
    More than 800 people have donated to a fund that will pay Rausch's expenses so she can look forward to turning 109 in the home.
    "She moved in there -- it will be three years ago in May of this year. She was 105 when she left our childhood home. She lived in the same home since she was married, the home where she raised her family until she was 105."
    The sale of that home has paid for much of Rausch's care -- until now.
    "She fell a couple of times, and the last fall she broke three ribs," Hatfield said. "I was still working full time, and my brother was working full time. It was a situation where she needed a little more monitoring than we could provide.