A simple but generous gesture from Seth Collins on behalf of his brother, Aaron, will continue much longer than they expected.
YouTube video of Seth giving a Kentucky waitress $500 has started to make the rounds on the Internet, generating thousands in donations.
The 2:50 video shows Seth and family after eating pizza at Puccini’s Smiling Teeth in Lexington.
He then explains to the unidentified server that his 30-year-old brother died of cancer on July 7, and that his final wish was to carry out a random act of kindness.
Seth then hands the young woman $500.
“I don’t even know what to do,” she says. “You know, I’m going to be telling this story for the rest of my life.”
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She asks about Aaron, and Seth says he’s written Aaroncollins.org on each of the bills in her hand.
“I’ll share it, with everyone,” she says.
After a day online, the site has generated about $10,000, or enough for 20 more opportunities to pay it forward.
As of Friday afternoon, more than 660,000 people had viewed the video.
“When I started this site I only expected to receive donations from friends and family,” Seth writes at Aaroncollins.org. “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.”
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