Just a day ago, Reddit user ProZacDose posted a throwaway rant on the user-generated content site. A working father of four, he felt frustrated because his meager paycheck just wasn’t paying the bills. His family’s water and power had been shut off, and he was unable to buy his kids any Christmas presents, or even a tree. “I just wanted to vent, and perhaps cry a little, for the pain I feel for my kids,” he wrote. “I hate myself that I could of not done better, or I could have a better job with more income. I am supposed to be a father and a provider and I can’t even do that. I am dreading Christmas morning, and wish I can just escape all of this.”
Almost immediately, Reddit user girlinthecity piped up to say she would pay off his water bill. And then an avalanche of users also chipped in. Within a matter of hours, ProZacDose’s water and electric bill had been paid off, and a slew of gifts had been purchased for his children. A user who lived nearby offered to take him and his family to a tree farm to purchase a Christmas tree this weekend. An Indiegogo fund was set up with a modest goal of raising $700 for the family. And now, less than 24 hours after his original post, there’s more than $10,000 in the fund.
But ProZacDose didn’t want to take all the anonymous generosity for granted. So he’s paying it forward, and is using the funds to purchase gifts and necessities for other members of his family and community. Reddit users have identified other people who desperately need help, and are trying to help those people, too.
It’s a rare instance when the Internet is being used for good, and not weird feuds or Justin Bieber worship. And it’s inspired us to pay it forward to friends and strangers just a little bit more.
Tell us: Have you ever chipped in to help someone you didn’t know?