When was the last time you took the time to give directions to someone who was in need? Well after you hear this next story you may reconsider taking the time to help the lost individual. A woman who helped a lost man ended up with a surprise $20,000 gift.
last month when Jennifer Vasilakos gave directions to a man who stopped in a Santa Barbara, California parking lot, she had no idea who the man was. It turned out to be Ty Warner, the Beanie Babies billionaire of Ty Inc.
Jennifer was at the intersection raising money for a stem cell treatment she needed. Vasilakos kidneys failed in 2011, and she had been rejected for a kidney transplant because of a previous bout with skin cancer.
Warner initially made a $50 donation and then left. A few hours later, however, Warner returned with a promise.
“I handed (Warner) my flyer and he made a fifty dollar donation. As he drove off, I thought that was the end of our encounter… He’d returned after an hour or so. Rolling down his window, he reached out his hand and introduced himself. I immediately recognized his name. He was kind and sincere as he looked directly into my eyes. I listened as he repeated over and over that he was going to help me. That my fundraising was done. That I didn’t need to worry any longer. He said he would send a check after he returned to his offices during the week.”
Warner said in a media release. “My hope is that we can bring this lifesaving treatment to the forefront so that it can become more readily available and provide alternatives for people like Jennifer.”