Faith-based Website: Story of Brother’s Last Wish Reveals Daily Opportunities to Make a Difference

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The tip-giving charity started in the wake of an unexpected death demonstrates how easy it is for Americans to make “extraordinary impacts,” says faith-based website, followme.org.

Faith-based website, followme.org, says that opportunities abound for ordinary Americans to make a difference.

That statement was made today in response to an emerging story about a Lexington, KY man who is fulfilling his brother’s dying wish by giving extraordinary tips to unsuspecting waiters and waitresses.

When Aaron Collins, a Lexington, KY computer technician, died unexpectedly in early July, he left a bizarre wish for his family: that they leave a $500 tip for a meal. According to the Associated Press, Collins left behind a single document containing dying wishes. In it he told his family to “leave an awesome tip (and I don’t mean 25%. I mean $500 on a … pizza.),” the AP reports. His brother, Seth, took on the challenge and created a website, aaroncollins.org, to raise the money for the tip.

Today, Seth Collins’ impromptu tip-giving charity passed the $50,000 mark for donations. Collins and his family have now given four of these exorbitant tips to unsuspecting waitresses, Collins told the AP.

Collins describes his plans for the charity on his website: “Absolutely 100% of the donations we receive will be given to random waiters or waitresses. Our goal is to do this once a week, for as long as you give us the opportunity.”

Each time that the Collins family gives one of these tips, Seth Collins explains his brother’s story to the waitress, shows the waitress how each of the bills is marked with information about Aaron’s website, and records the waitress’s reaction to the tip. The video of the Collins’ first tip has registered over 2 million views, according to Youtube.

Pastor Jamie of faith-based website, followme.org, attributes the success of the Collins campaign to what he calls “viral charity.” He says this story shows how “ordinary Americans can work to have extraordinary impacts on people in their own communities. Even in an economy like this, opportunities abound to make a difference.”

As of this publication, Collins and his family had now raised tips for over 102 meals.

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