Aaron’s Dying Wish Is To Give $500 Tip
A young man’s dying wish will help change the lives of 23 waiters/waitresses across the country and that is a legacy worth dying for. The young man in question is Aaron Collins, a regular 30-year-old, who passed away on July 7, 2012. Aaron’s family is fulfilling his last wish, which was to leave a generous tip every time his family went out for dinner. His family says that Aaron himself liked to leave large tips at restaurants and he wanted them to continue after he was gone. How many times have you debated how much should you leave as a tip at a restaurant? Well, Aaron wanted his tip to be generous.
Born on June 15, 1982, Aaron was a computer technician and he loved to live a vigorous life. When Aaron was dying, he made a request to his family, which was to “leave an awesome tip (and I don’t mean 25%. I mean $500 on a f******g pizza) for a waiter or waitress.” In fact, Aaron himself wanted to go to a restaurant, leave $500 in tip and make someone’s day but he didn’t have enough money to do so. Therefore, he passed on his wish to his family members. His brother, Seth, built a website, seeking donations from the public, to make his brother’s dying wish come true.
The Incredible Generosity
After Seth put up an appeal for donations on the website, the response was overwhelming. At the last count, people had donated more than ten thousand dollars, which the family claimed, was enough to change the lives of 23 people, at the rate of $500 at a time. Expressing his gratitude online, Seth wrote, “I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for the overwhelming amount of support you have given my family. Since last night we have received over $10,000 in donations. When I started this site, I only expected to receive donations from friends and family. I was hopeful that we would get enough to make my brother’s wish come true. Even in my wildest dreams, I imagined we would receive enough money to do this for 2 waiters or waitresses. What has happened is absolutely incredible.”
The Wish Will Continue
The family continues to fulfill Aaron’s wish till they can generate donations. Seth writes, “Please know that absolutely every penny we receive will go toward nothing but this. We will pay to host the website. We will pay for the food. 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.”
The First Donation
Aaron’s wish was fulfilled, for the first time, three days after his death. The first donation, as per Aaron’s last wish, was made to a waitress at Puccini’s Smiling Teeth restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky. Aaron’s family went out for a pizza lunch and after the meal, they gave $500 in donation to the girl who waited on them. The waitress could only manage to say, “Are you serious? I don’t even know what to do. That’s crazy. You know, I’m going to be telling this story for the rest of my life.”
Aaron is described as someone who “lived his life quickly” on the website. It looks like he wanted to go on living even after his death. His last wish for $500 donation certainly seems like it will keep him alive for those whose lives he will change with his dying wish.
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