​​Kizzy Lopez knew that she might receive a few more e-mails and phone calls than usual. But nothing like this.

"It's been a 100-fold increase," says Lopez, coordinator of the Renaissance Scholars program for foster youth at California State University, Fresno. "Honestly, I'm overwhelmed by all the response."

The reason for the onslaught is a video posted by Kleenex barely 48 hours ago. It highlights the story of John Hunt, Jr., who grew up in the foster care system and attended Fresno State as a Renaissance Scholar. The organization gave him access to basic necessities like food and housing when he was a student.

Now Hunt is paying it forward as a graduate program assistant at Fresno, helping to make the college experience more welcoming for new students who don't have the family support that most do.

On YouTube, the video quickly amassed more than 50,000 views. On Facebook it's now about to cross the two million mark.

"I've never had this much interest in my life in the program," says Lopez, who enlisted help from Fresno State's Division of Student Affairs to handle the influx of e-mails; University Communications is helping to respond to comments on social media.

The overwhelming majority of people are looking to offer donations and support and the timing couldn't be better.

This year, the Renaissance Scholars program at Fresno State began offering services to students experiencing homelessness, in addition to helping foster youth. The number of students in the program increased to an all-time high of 53 for the 2016-17 academic year.

Lopez and her staff recently started a mentor program as well. Faculty, staff and community members sign up to meet once a month with Renaissance Scholars and offer advice, guidance, internships and job opportunities. Some became involved in order to host students in their homes for the holidays.

"We've had an overwhelmingly positive response," says Lopez. "We even overshot the number of mentors we were expecting."

Lopez hopes the video will draw attention to the Renaissance Scholars program at Fresno State and beyond. Similar foster youth services are available at 22 of 23 campuses across the CSU, offering services from counseling and life skills advice to financial aid and career planning.

As a former foster youth herself who experienced homelessness during college, Lopez has seen the value of these programs first-hand.

"Without someone to help navigate those barriers it's almost impossible to get a college degree," she says. "The type of support we offer students can be the difference between their being homeless or housed, or between getting a degree and dropping out."

While the virality of the video has led to an unexpected, and much appreciated, windfall of support, Lopez hopes the passion for foster youth services will continue beyond the life of a Facebook post.

"I would like people to know that this is a movement."