It’s not uncommon for families to stumble upon hard times, and being granted a financial gift could help out many people tremendously. One man received a PayPal payment of $1,200 by mistake, and what he does with the money is absolutely inspiring.
You may shed a tear or two after reading slide #4!
10. Financial Stress Can Be Exhausting
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to get ahead. Debt and financial problems are more common than you think, but that doesn’t make dealing with these issues any easier — especially if you are trying to take care of your family.
Slide #2 shows honesty is most definitely the best policy!
9. One Washington Father Knows Struggle All Too Well
Twenty-eight-year-old Gerrell McAllister from Tacoma, Washington works as a cashier at a natural pet store in order to support his five-year-old daughter. His family had recently gone through a terrible loss, and he has been trying to put the pieces back together ever since to make end’s meet
8. McAllister’s Mother Tragically Passed Away
McAllister’s mother passed away in December of last year, which hit the family especially hard. McAllister was affected the most by this loss, according to his brother Mario Small.
Slide #6 reveals the valuable lesson McAllister learned from his mother, and it pays off big time for this young man!
7. He Woke Up Recently With An Unlikely Deposit
McAllister woke up to a shocking deposit of $1,200 in his PayPal account. It turns out that a man named Alan Trusler was trying to send his 30-year-old daughter, Melissa Trusler, a birthday gift. He had accidentally sent the PayPal payment to her old phone number, which turned out to be McAllister’s number.
The 28-year-old father from Tacoma did the first thing that came to mind.
6. He Sent Back A Refund Immediately
McAllister sent a refund back to Alan Trusler within a few minutes, and he also included a message that wished Trusler’s daughter a happy birthday. “Returning the money was instinctive because of the values my mom instilled in me. I’m trying to be the best person and provide the best example for my daughter,” McAllister stated.
Trusler was so thankful for the swift return of the money, that he asked his daughter to send the young man a thank you note.
5. McAllister Had Something Very Powerful To Say
After receiving Trusler’s thankful message for returning the money, he responded by asking her to “tell your family and friends that a low income 28-year-old Black man from Tacoma with a 5-year-old daughter returned your money.” He wants to disprove racial stereotypes and prove that not all people from Tacoma are bad.
You won’t believe the response he gets in slide #2!
4. Trusler Wanted To Do Something Special
The 30-year-old sales executive shared McAllister’s heartwarming message on her Facebook page, and the result was astonishing. Everyone was commenting that they wished to send McAllister some money via PayPal for his honesty, and they were requesting his phone number so they could send a donation. Remarkably, McAllister’s good deed began to come full circle!
3. PayPal Donations Began To Flood His Account
Friends and family of Trusler began to send various amounts of money to McAllister’s PayPal, and he was overwhelmed by their generosity. He revealed that something that came along with the cash is even more important than any monetary amount, and slide #1 shows he is more that grateful!
2. He Also Received Encouraging Messages
Most of the PayPal payments McAllister received had a heartwarming message attached, such as calling him a “great guy” or letting him know he was “doing a great job raising his daughter.” McAllister claims many of these messages had him crying at work. These messages mean more than ever to McAllister in the next slide.
1. McAllister Appreciates Every Single Dime
Although the money will definitely help him with raising his daughter, McAllister is especially moved by the kind words of strangers. He found their heartfelt messages “therapeutic after the loss our family has gone through.”
He hasn’t even checked his PayPal balance since the donations started pouring in because he wants to send a personal thank-you letter to each person. “I don’t want the money to detract from that. I don’t want that to dilute the intent,” he stated.
A standing ovation for this stand-up guy!