Aaron's Last Wish

August 22, 2012

It started with a young man’s wish, left behind in his will: he wanted his family to leave an “awesome” tip for a server—not 25%, but something like $500 for a pizza. Aaron Collins died in July, just after his 30th birthday, and his family honored his last wish by collecting the funds for that “awesome tip,” eventually giving a $500 tip to a waitress who served them lunch. You can see the video here:

This act of generosity touched thousands of people who continue to send donations to the Collins family, who have pledged to keep leaving these tips until the money runs out. (As I write this, the donations stand at $58,787, or enough to give a $500 tip to 117 waiters or waitresses.) Others have taken it on themselves to leave their own substantial tips. (You can read more about this and see more videos by visiting aaroncollins.org.)

I love this story and wanted to share it with you. I’m touched by the love and generosity of the Collins family, and by the outflowing of love from people who have heard about what they are doing. You never know what a kind act will mean to someone, or how many people ultimately benefit.

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  1. What an incredible story of kindness and goodwill. Kind of renews my faith in humankind. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What an amazing story! I've got tears in my eyes. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Laure--I just love this story. These are just ordinary people, who don't have a lot of anything, sharing with others who don't have a lot...and all those people who were touched by that and donated to make it possible.

  4. Cheryl--It's such touching and beautiful story. I'm glad you you enjoyed it.