An anonymous donor recently bought a bunch of gift cards worth $82,000 — and he delivered them to everyone in his hometown.
What’s going on:
- Residents in the town of Earlham, Iowa, found three $50 gift cards in their mailboxes. The town has 549 households, meaning everyone got $150 worth of gift cards, according to the Des Moines Register.
- The gift cards were for West Side Bar and Grille, Hometown Market and Trostel’s Broken Branch.
- The cards equate to just over $82,000, which means the donor spent more than $27,000 on each restaurant, the Des Moines Register reported.
How to happened:
- An anonymous man spoke with Earlham Mayor Jeff Lille about a donor who wanted to send some money into the economy by purchasing 100 $50 gift cards, according to The Washington Post.
- But Lille asked the donor to pump money into a new restaurant — Trostel’s Broken Branch. So the donor decided to up the amount of gift cards from 100 to 250 to 500 total, The Washington Post reported.
- The mayor couldn’t believe it happened. He said: “(There are) bad things that have been happening. As the mayor of a small town, making the decision to close our community centers and city hall and our library and all of the other bad decisions that we’ve been forced to make — and then here’s this really great thing. It just tore down my walls.”
- Jennifer Trostel, the wife of the owner of the new Trostel’s Broken Branch, couldn’t believe it happened either, according to Newser.
- She said: “You couldn’t believe that people would actually want to help you in such a huge way. It just gave us hope.”