David Gholar spent his 16th birthday selling coffee at Urban Venture's City Kid Java at a local Kowalski's supermarket to raise money for needy families.
After his family was "adopted" last holiday season, Gholar wanted to sell coffee at City Kid Java, his place of employment, so he could adopt other families.
A previous story about his efforts appeared in the online edition of the Star Tribune on Monday.
Since then, many calls have been received to support not only Gholar's efforts, but his family as well.
Approximately 30 people have contacted Urban Ventures to offer gifts to Gholar's family.
The goal was to raise $1,000 and adopt a few families, but since Monday over $3,500 has been raised. Gholar is now planning to adopt at least four families in the metro area.
Gholar is a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis.