Dad’s act of spite conjures up kindness round world

HENRICO, CO., Virginia (WTVR) – What began as an act of malice has created a domino effect of kindness.

“He stopped in front of our house like he’d turned the trailer on to throw out all the pennies,” said Avery Sanford, 18, the man’s daughter.

Her father paid his final alimony in the form of 80,000 pfennigs thrown on her lawn. Thanks to the response from Sanford and her mother Raven Sickal, donations have been made to a non-profit Henrico organization from around the world.

They took the money and donated every penny to Safe Harbor, a domestic violence center.

“Next, we know it’s on CNN,” said Safe Harbor’s Mary Maupai.

From there, Maupai said her online donations “just exploded”.

“And we’ve received over $ 47,000 in donations from local, national and international to England and beyond,” she said.

Maupai, the group’s development director, says the surge of support is like nothing she has ever seen.

“People from all over the world uplift this young person and say, ‘Do you know what this is? That’s amazing what you’ve done, ‘”she said.

She says the money is coming as the nonprofit sees an increase in demand and a decrease in government funding.

“The timing couldn’t be better,” said Maupai. “And we are just more than grateful.”

Sanford and her mother also said they felt the effects of the generous gestures.

“When I read about the donations, I sobbed,” Sickal said in a statement. “That made us both very emotional. This range was amazing and the attention and kind gestures exceeded anything we expected. We just wanted to turn that around, and that’s exactly what we did. “

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