While at ESPN’s College Game Day, football fan Carson King held up a sign begging for beer money. At the bottom of the humorous plea was the link to his Venmo account. It was unlikely that he actually expected any donations to come his way, let alone hundreds of thousands of dollars from individual citizens and corporations alike.
“Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished” read his sign, which caught the attention of ESPN cameras, and then the nation.
— Justin Surrency (@JustinSurrency) September 17, 2019
In a Saturday interview with “Fox & Friends,” King admitted that this mother wasn’t entirely impressed with his little stunt.
“My mom heard the idea and she’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, my son’s going to be on national television asking for beer money’ — you know, proud mom moment,” he recalled sarcastically.
But his request was heard nation-wide, with thousands of people clamoring to throw a few bucks at the guy who needed a case of Busch. So many people donated to his noble cause that King found himself with an excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars. What is a young man to do with that kind of cash?
Donate it to the University of Iowa’s Children’s Hospital, obviously.
With all the donations my @CollegeGameDay sign for @BuschBeer has received, I will be donating all but enough for a case of Busch Light to @uiowa Children’s Hospital. We’re at over $1,600.00 right now! @CycloneATH @WideRtNattyLt @ChrisMWilliams Venmo Carson-King-25
— Carson King (@CarsonKing2) September 14, 2019
Busch heard of his good deed and decided that they also wanted in on this viral campaign.
.@CarsonKing2 this is the best thing we have read all year, we’re inspired.
We’re going to match your donation to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and we’ll throw in some of that Busch Light you were looking for. https://t.co/NPPrPp6zJg
— Busch Beer (@BuschBeer) September 17, 2019
Even Venmo pledged to match King’s donation.
We see a lot of great stories, but this is one of our favs @CarsonKing2. Count us in for matching the donation to the hospital, too. #ftk:yellow_heart:@BuschBeer @CollegeGameDay https://t.co/thS8JXOXC3
— Venmo (@venmo) September 17, 2019
The money continued to pile up, and a recent tweet placed donations — along with the promised matches — at $972,000. It’s quite reasonable to expect this man is able to donate upwards of a million dollars to this incredibly worthy cause.
— Carson King (@CarsonKing2) September 22, 2019
Busch Beer has not only agreed to match King’s donations, but has also pledged to send the do-gooder a year of free beer.
But not before they did something a little special.
Hey @CarsonKing2, we said we’d send you a year’s worth of Busch Light, but first we had to make sure the cans were fit for a King. Let us know where to send the truck. #IowaLegend pic.twitter.com/czGBuXRE92
— Busch Beer (@BuschBeer) September 20, 2019
If someone ever tries to say that America isn’t the best country in the world, remind them that one young man’s sign resulted in life-saving donations being made to a children’s hospital.
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