An Illinois man who supported President Donald Trump during the campaign received a surprising gift from the new president.
WGN reports that Shane Bouvet is a FedEx courier and single father from Southern Illinois who campaigned for Trump in his spare time during the run-up to the election. Bouvet was profiled by The Washington Post, and Trump was impressed with his story and arranged to meet with him the day before the inauguration.
When they met, Trump hugged Bouvet, gave him an autograph, and called his father in Stonington, Illinois.
"He called my dad and he said, 'Hey Don, I like your name,'" Bouvet said.
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Bouvet says Trump went even further, reports WLS-TV. “Hey Don, you’ve got a great guy here! You take good care of him — well he’s gonna take care of you actually!" Trump said. That's when he instructed one of his aides to cut a check for $10,000 to Bouvet for his family's medical bills.
"He ended up giving $10,000 to me and my family for medical bills," Bouvet said. "He changed my life forever. I can't even describe the words, how I felt at that time. I gave him a bear hug."
Bouvet confirmed that the check has arrived, along with a note from Trump that read: "Shane - You are a great guy - thanks for all your help."
Bouvet plans to use the money to pay for his father's chemotherapy.