I read about this story on CNN the other day and it totally grabbed me by the heartstrings and I felt as though I had topost about it on my own blog.
Y’see, I was a waiter back in the day…over 10 years experience, in fact. So when I read this story about a waitress getting a random $500 tip, I just had to read more about it.
Here’s the story from AaronCollins.org:
Aaron passed away July 7, 2012 just 3 weeks after his 30th birthday. He left us a will full of his personality. He asked that any debt he owed his parents be repaid should he have money in the bank at his death, but also had the following request:
“Third, leave an awesome tip (and I don’t mean 25%. I mean $500 on a f***ing pizza) for a waiter or waitress.”
Of course, the way he lived his life meant Aaron never had much and didn’t leave much. We want to make his wish come true. So we are asking for donations to make this happen for him. Any money donated will go directly to this cause. His hope was clearly that such a random gift of kindness would leave an impact for life.
That, in and of itself, is a pretty cool thing to do. Not just cool for Aaron to have suggested it in his will, but for his friends to actually create a website in his name and try to get enough donations to make a $500 tip a reality.
On July 11th, his friends and family went to Puccini’s in Lexington, Kentucky to give a lucky waitperson an amazing surprise…
Amazing, isn’t it?
What’s even better is that the video now sits at just under two million views on YouTube. What’s even better than that is that since July 11th, they have raised over $28,000!! Kids…that’s enough to give $500 tips to 56 waiters or waitresses; one per week for over a year!
I’m not asking you to donate…I’m not trying to promote their website. I just find this to be an amazing “feel good story” that is hard to find in today’s economy.
And really…what better way to start a Monday than with a smile on your face?