Florida Man Donates Nearly $1,000 To Pay For Kids' School Lunches
Hey, if you're the kind of person who loves typing 'Florida man' followed by a date into Google to see what mad results you get, hopefully your birthday is October 14, because you'll actually discover something nice.
This is the tale of Andrew Levy, the aforementioned Florida man who donated nearly $1,000 out of his own pockets to pay for school lunches.
Beats trying to get an alligator drunk, doesn't it?
Levy, recently garnered a whole heap of praise after he dug deep into his own personal wealth to pay of lunch debt at schools in Jupiter.
The real estate agent heard on the grapevine that around 400 children in the area were unable to receive a full school lunch from their cafeteria because of the outstanding debt, CBS Miami reports.
Moved by their plight, he decided to help out.
What makes this even more remarkable is that Levy has only moved into the area as recently as 2014, and he has no children in the school system or personal connections to any of the schools.
He's just a good egg, basically.
Levy said that he's quickly fallen in love with the area and the community and was shocked to discover that so many kids were trying to get their education without having been given a decent meal.
Levy told the news outlet: "Food is something that you shouldn't have to think about. Children shouldn't have to learn hungry,
"These children that were in debt were going to either not eat or they would get just cheese sandwiches and I thought that's crazy."
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That's were he decided to step in.
If you're into figures, in this case 'nearly $1,000' means exactly $944.34. That amount ensured that no child in the schools affected would go hungry at lunchtime.
He continued: "I thought, 'You know something? If for a modest sum I could make that change, I'm gonna do it,'
"I went in there and I said, 'I want to pay off the lunch debt.'"
As is often the case with these things, a little kindness quickly sets off a snowball. Levy said that his Facebook post about the gesture was flooded with others wanting to do their bit.
He added: "I even have had some clients over the past 48 hours say, 'You know something, I want to help, I want to give too,'"
Hey, they need it, too.
Levy's kind donation sorted out the negative balance for 430 students in Jupiter, but Palm Beach County students still have more than $51,000 of debt, according to the school district website.
That's coming down, though. A school district spokesperson said that they've received $8,600 in donations thus far, including one single donation of $5,000 earlier this year.
Levy doesn't see his work as finished. He plans to now organise a fundraiser four times each year for the benefit of school lunches.
He explained: "Every quarter I'm going to do either a GoFundMe page or a fundraising page that can raise money every quarter so the lunch debt never accumulates,"
If you feel like helping out at all, you can do so here.
Featured Image Credit: CBS Miami