Go Fund Me For Kind Waynesville Teen Has Raised Over $27,000
UPDATE: The Go Fund Me that Brittany Reed set up last week for a teen McDonald's employee named Wyatt has now raised more than $27,000 for Wyatt. Reed had originally set the goal on the Go Fund Me page at $5,000. There has now been over 1,600 people donate to the Go Fund Me campaign for Wyatt. There have been more than 4,500 shares of the page.
Reed said that she is speechless that the Go Fund Me page has raised over $20,000. She said Wyatt has clearly touched a lot of hearts and she cannot wait to hear from Wyatt's mom.
Waynesville mom Brittany Reed said she went through the drive-thru at the Waynesville McDonald's after football one day with her kids tired and crying in the car. After she ordered their food, she realized that she had forgotten her purse. She said she apologized to the young man in the window and told him to cancel the order. Reed said she lived nearby and was planning to return with money. "Before I could finish my sentence, he had taken out his wallet and took his debit card out and just paid for it," she said.
Before she left the restaurant, Reed found out his name was Wyatt and she took her picture, which is one that is above. Reed took her kids home and returned to McDonald's to give Wyatt a $20 bill. She said he didn't want to take the money and told her that he really didn't need it. "I kind of just took a second to tell him how much I appreciated him and that it really meant a lot to me," she said.
Reed said she was a regular customer at McDonald's, but she couldn't recall seeing Wyatt before that night. Amazed that Wyatt had paid for her family's meal without hesitation, Reed posted about it on the Waynesville community page on Facebook in an effort to reach Wyatt's parents. "I never thought it would blow up into what it did. I just wanted to get ahold of his parents to let them know how amazing their young man was," she said, adding she hoped their kids would be like that when there was an opportunity to be kind just for the sake of being kind. Reed said she was able to talk to Wyatt's mother of Facebook.
Reed said someone reached out to her and told her that Wyatt had been saving up money to buy a car. "I remember being a teenager and I don't know that I would have so graciously just given up $13 like that when I was trying to buy a car."
Reed said she and her husband were thinking about doing something for Wyatt and they decided to set up a Go Fund Me page for him. Reed said she gave Wyatt's mother the information for the account. The Reeds sat a goal of $5,000 for the Go Fund Me. In about five hours, more than $10,000 had been donated to Wyatt. The link to the Go Fund Me account is https://bit.ly/343k1wu.
Since Wyatt paid for their meal that night, Reed said she and her 10-year-old son have had some talks about it. She said that there was some trash in the yard across the street and he went over to pick it up. When she asked him about it, she said he told her that he was doing nice things to do nice things.
What would Reed say to Wyatt? "Again, thank you for having a kind heart. Don't ever lose that spirit because I feel that kindness is what is going to heal all. Just don't ever lose who you are. Just know you are very appreciated."