Brother's Last Wish To Leave $500 Tip Turns Into Nearly $50,000 Charity : The Two-WayAaron Collins died on July 7. He had asked his family to leave some waiter or waitress a $500 tip. When they asked for help in making his wish come true, donations poured in. Now, they expect to be making Aaron's wish come true about once a week for the next two years.
Three weeks later, the family has collected nearly $50,000 and three lucky servers have been surprised with $500 gratuities. The Collins family members are posting videos as they spread the good cheer. Fair warning: you likely will tear up if you watch them. The second in the series is particularly touching. Waitress Chelsea Powell is clearly thrilled and appreciative.
"Aaron Collins' death was unexpected. His brother said the family is still awaiting a final determination on the cause, but a preliminary coroner's report said strangulation contributed to the death. ...
"Seth Collins said the family has raised nearly enough money to do once-a-week tips for two years. So far he has given three big tips, and said he plans to travel outside Lexington for the next dinner. He has been thinking of other possibilities, like leaving big tips for coffee or pizza delivery."
"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."