This morning, i went online to search for some good reviews restaurant near my city on Yahoo. On main page of Yahoo, i rad a headline “Touching story behind random $500 tip, and i was like what a lucky person to get that tip but after reading the whole story, i decided that i should also write about it on my website, i may not leave $500 tip but i would do more then i usually tip.
Below is a little bio about Aaron Collins and his wish from sibling:
Aaron was born June 15, 1982. He was a computer technician for Computers Plus in Lexington, KY and held a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. Aaron lived his life quickly, not holding on to many things and always with a vigor to have experiences not possessions.
He was incredibly sentimental, though he always tried to hide it. The small things people did for him are what touched him the most. He was generous with the limited means he had, and his last wishes were that any money he had be given freely in ways that would impact those who received it.
“Aaron Collins was the type of person that took great joy in unexpected kindness. Once after receiving exceptionally bad service at dinner, from a rude waitress, he left her a $50 tip. Things like this, given or received, were what he thought left a mark on a person’s life.
Aaron Collins 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 Collins 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.
Once we have $500 his family will go to dinner somewhere and leave it as a gift for the waiter or waitress. If we continue to receive money, we will continue giving these gifts randomly, so that in his death he can touch the lives of many more people than he had even dreamed of doing in life.
If you can’t donate then please give a generous tip on your own. Tell the waiter or waitress why, or don’t. He would still be happy that you had done it. Give them this website address if you’d like, or write it on the check, so they know they received the gift because of my brother.”
People like Aaron help restore faith in people. It’s touching to know that there are others in this world that are able to ‘Pay if Forward’ for only one reason because they totally can. I hope people continue to give to Aaron’s cause and help make the lives of others better through a small action. Salute to his family for keeping his wishes from a website: http://aaroncollins.org
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