SALT LAKE CITY — Proper earlier than Thanksgiving, Salt Lake Tribune information columnist and Utah Jazz beat author Andy Larsen despatched out a tweet that modified greater than 100 Utahns’ lives — and possibly his within the course of.
The tweet was easy: He cashed in his jar of cash for near $200 and wished to see who wanted a bit assist with Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas presents. Whereas some folks tweeted out options of charities or folks in want, one thing larger occurred: Individuals began asking if they may get in on the great deed. His $165.84 grew to become virtually $55,000.
So I had a giant jar of cash hanging round. I went to the financial institution right now & had them counted. $165.84.
Slightly than holding it, I need to give that out to some individuals who may use the assistance for his or her family’s Thanksgiving dinner or for Christmas presents. My DMs/replies are open.
— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) November 23, 2020
Now, a number of weeks later, Larsen is letting everybody know the place the cash has gone.
“I wished to discover a technique to distribute the cash that made it, that sort of met the unique objective of why folks despatched the cash within the first place, which was to assist Utahns who wanted assist for no matter purpose,” he mentioned.
The cash was donated by on a regular basis folks on social media, and every individual in want was vetted by Larsen. About 160 Utahns have been gifted between $100-$1,500 primarily based on their wants, Larsen mentioned.
“To have the ability to say, ‘Hey, what number of children do you’ve got that we may also help out with Christmas?’ or ‘What’s your energy invoice like?’ or ‘How shut are you to eviction and the way can we stop that?’” he mentioned.
It made a distinction in these folks’s lives.
“We did save folks from eviction. We gave folks the flexibility to have sizzling showers once more,” he mentioned.
As an information columnist, it comes as no shock Larsen documented every dialog, donation and class and printed all of it so everybody can see. You possibly can learn the complete story on how Larsen distributed the cash here.
Some methods you possibly can assist, based on Larsen’s analysis: