MADISON — A GoFundMe account has been created to support the family of Alderman-At-Large Warren Strain, who remains in a coma in the intensive care unit at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson after a stroke before Christmas.

Family friend Nadia Maxwell started the online fundraiser on Dec. 28, five days after Strain suffered multiple strokes that resulted in bleeding in his brain on Dec. 23.

As of Wednesday morning, the drive had raised $3,765 of its goal of $100,000.

Strain’s wife Sandra Strain couldn’t be reached by phone Wednesday, but has been providing updates via Facebook over the past two weeks.

While there has been no change in her husband’s condition in the past week, Sandra Strain said Tuesday that the outpour of love from community has been overwhelming.

“I am still in awe of the love and support we have had from everyone,” she wrote. “I will forever be grateful. Not one single thing has gone unnoticed and I thank you. We thank you!”

The business of running the City of Madison continued with the first meeting of the new year last week, but the thoughts and prayers of its civil servants remained with their colleague and his family.

“Everyone’s hearts are heavy,” Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler said.

Strain was first elected to the Madison County Board of Aldermen in 2014, when he ran unopposed.

As the Alderman-At-Large, Strain’s responsibility is to the entire city rather than his just his ward. His personality and sensitivity to the needs of Madison’s citizens, his colleagues said, make him perfect for the position.

“He has to be pretty flexible and open-minded,” Ward 5 Alderman Mike Hudgins said. “Our issues or problems we are trying to solve are on a smaller scale in our wards. His concerns are city-wide. He spends hours returning emails and phone calls.”

Beyond work, Hudgins said he and Strain had always connected over their love of live music, adding that he had always found his colleague to be a great guy.

“I’m looking forward to the day he completes his recovery so we can go catch a show together,” he said.

Strain was rushed to the emergency room at Merritt Health Wesley in Lamar County after suffering the stroke while visiting family in the Pine Belt two days before Christmas.

He was quickly transferred to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, where doctors did emergency surgery to put in a stint to relieve pressure in his brain.

Following the surgery, Strain was transferred to St. Dominic’s in Jackson.