Andy Larsen, who is a sports reporter accidentally found himself the recipient of $55,000; he assisted needy families during the holidays using this money.
His mom just called on him to come get his yellow container which he used as a child for storing loose coins, wondering if he wants to keep or have it.
The change in this container was more than $165. With the holiday spirit feeling, Larsen decided he was going to donate it to folks who really needed the money this period and then went ahead to announce on Twitter to his 27,000 followers:
So I had a big jar of coins hanging around. I went to the bank today & had them counted. $164.84. Rather than keeping it, I want to give that out to a few people who could use the help for their household’s Thanksgiving dinner or for Christmas presents. My DMs/replies are open.Andy Larsen
Just as expected, he began to receive requests for assistance; some requests even came from people that wanted to boost the bounty.
The first request came from Jeff Jones, a man who requested that Larsen put up his Venmo deets to help him contribute to the good cause.
Larsen revealed to Washington Post saying:
I was shocked that someone would do that. Even more amazing was that minutes later, people began retweeting everywhere and sending me money out of the blue. It just exploded.Larsen
The amazing thing is that almost 1000 people donated around $55,000 within 24 hours. Eventually, Larsen gave people cash for the holidays, and funds for utility bills, car repairs, and groceries.