The “Trump Wall” GoFundMe started Dec. 16 and has raised $12.6 million of its $1 billion goal as of Friday afternoon.
Fortress Stabilization Systems, a local basement wall repair company, is the second largest contributor with a $12,000 donation. The contribution is second only to a $50,000 donation from an anonymous donor.
The company’s owner, Ed Wheatley, said he was unaware when he made the donation that his was the second highest of the 207,176 contributions.
“I believe the country needs to be safe and a wall, I do believe, will help,” Wheatley said. “You can’t climb over it.”
Wheatley is “optimistic” the GoFundMe titled “We The People Will Fund The Wall” will reach its goal, and hopes other businesses will chip in.
Wheatley grew up in Ann Arbor and started Fortress Stabilization Systems in 1998 in Holland. He is pictured on the company’s website wearing a red “Make your wall great again” baseball hat, which closely resembles the “Make America great again” hats made famous by President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Fortress Stabilization Systems is located at 184 W. 64th St. in Holland.
The GoFundMe account was started by Iraqi war veteran Brian Kolfage. In the description of the GoFundMe, Kolfage says as someone who voted for Trump, his promise was to build the wall, which “needs to be completed.” The 37-year-old veteran is a triple-amputee and describes building the wall as “our duty as citizens.”
The fundraiser is the third highest GoFundMe fundraiser of 2018.