We’d like to share a story that the local CBS affiliate in South Bend, IN aired on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018:
The last four days has been about people buying things for family and themselves, but today was a chance to give to strangers as part of Giving Tuesday.
A local company did its part handing out envelopes, each filled with a $100 bill.
We were there to see the people's reactions.
As the employees handed out envelopes with $100 in each, the initial reaction was shock. Then came the emotions and plenty of hugs.
$7,500 was handed out in seven cities -- including South Bend.
“I’m just so happy I cannot believe it’s happening to me,” said Zola Bird, surprised with $100.
“Utter relief,” said Laney Schafer, surprised with $100. “It means a lot. It’s going to help in ways you have no idea what it’s going to do for us.”
Laney Schafer's first reaction was a hug.
“That’s what it’s all about, that’s the best part about doing this today is really getting the reaction from different people and feeling like you are making a difference and doing a good thing,” said Laurie Huy, who handed out money.
This is the fourth year Dan O'Sullivan from Specialized Staffing and his coworkers have handed out $100 bills to strangers.
He says his company cherishes the opportunity to make a difference.
“When they jump up and hug you, they say, ‘Oh my gosh, you don’t know what this means, I just went through this tragedy, or my husband or wife just went through this tragedy,’” said O’Sullivan.
With each envelope, they hope helps one more person catch up on bills or ease their worries.
O'Sullivan says the best part is when he sees people pass it along to help others.
“We have had people walk back into stores and buy bunches of toys and put it straight into the Toys for Tots bin,” said O'Sullivan. “We have had people say, ‘Oh my gosh, I need a little but I know friends that need a little.’ Some people say ‘You know what, I have some friends that are really going through tough times, this could really help them out.’”
This is something Zola Bird says she's done.
“I gave one young lady $100 at the dollar store one year, so it was really great,” said Bird.
On this day, it's not just money being spread around, but good karma.
“When you do good things for people, it always come back to you,” said Bird.
“It makes me feel really good that there are still people out here who still do good things for people and don’t even know them,” said Schafer. “It just goes to show that there is still some faith in humanity.”
O'Sullivan says it's this time of the year when bills can start to stack up that people could use this sort of boost. He says he hopes this slight gesture can go a long way.