IVEL, Ky. (WYMT) - Through random acts of kindness, one man has fulfilled his little brother's last request day-after-day.
One eastern Kentucky native has received national attention for the work he has been doing. He said he was just trying to bring smiles to make someone's day.
After Seth Collins’ brother passed away in July at age 30, he said he found an untraditional request.
“I was looking at his will which he had in a file on his computer and the last thing in the will was that we go out to dinner and leave a really awesome tip,” said Collins.
“He gave an example of not like 25 percent, but like 500 dollars for pizza for a waiter or waitress.”
Collins said that was how the non-profit "Aaron’s Last Wish" was founded. He said since then, the donations have poured in.
The 33-year-old has raised more than $60,000 so far. He has driven thousands of miles to brighten the days of others whom he has never met.
He has been to several states and said he would like to make it to all of them. On trip number 31, he said he wanted to go to Giovanni's Pizza Den in Ivel because it is where he and his little brother went for pizza growing up.
The server who received the latest donation said she thought it was a joke when she was given a stack of twenty dollar bills.
“As humans, you, know, we are trained that when something good happens, to automatically feel that it is not real,” said Jessica McKinney.
Collins records all of the encounters and places them on YouTube to share with everyone.
“The general reaction is that if we are doing something nice for them that we are being mean to them and playing some sort of game,” said Collins.
Many have said “Aaron’s Last Wish” has changed their view of the world, all because of one man's thoughtfulness.
“We are incredibly blessed that people have been willing to share with us so we can share with others,” said Collins.
McKinney said she burst into tears when she realized it was not a joke.
“It gives me hope,” said McKinney.
“Me crying wasn't so much about having the money, but more about what they are doing.”
Collins said he planned on doing it as long as he can. He said it was now his full-time job.
“If I have to do this the rest of my life, than I will do this the rest of my life,” said Collins.
Both the giver and the receiver said a little kindness goes a long way.
“A lot of people have actually said that this has restored their faith in mankind,” said Collins.
“I had faith before, but this just confirms it.”
Collins said he enjoyed being able to change someone’s day, week or even life for the better.
“It is nice to be able to change people's perspective about that and make them believe that good things can happen.”
McKinney said it helped her believe in the good of others.
“I will never be able to express in words how grateful I am for people like that, I will never be able to show my gratitude,” said McKinney.
Collins posts all the videos online, to find out how to view them, just log on to http://www.facebook.com/AaronsLastWish
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