A Missouri Popeye's employee says she has found her guardian angel after a random customer raised money to send her to nursing school tuition free (video below).
Don Carter met Popeye’s employee Shajuana Mays on March 24, WDAF reported. He made small talk with Mays, who mentioned that she wanted to back to school for nursing, but felt discouraged.
As Carter ate his food, he had an idea. He started a GoFundMe account to help raise money for Mays so that she could get her nursing degree.
"I drive off and pull up to my house a few minutes later (yes, it's that close...)," Carter recalled in the description of the GoFundMe page. "I eat my chicken in front of the house (I said I was hungry). And as I messily crunch on some really untasty fried chicken, I get this idea. What if I got some friends together and we put this girl through school to get her CNA license?"
"I don't know her. Never seen her before today. Nothing. The thought just dawned on me," Carter continued. "I have about 1300 or so 'Friends' on FB, I think. If I put the call out there, maybe people would want to do something kind for this random young woman. So I'm doing something a little different than I've ever thought before.
"I did a little internet search for how much it costs. Looks like about $1500 would put someone through a CNA Course, pay for taking the test, and the license. (Anybody who's a CNA, is that right??)"
"I figured if I could get about 300 of my FB friends to put up $5 each, we could do it no problem," Carter added. "I'd do a Facebook live broadcast presenting her with the gift if we pulled it off. Just a random act of kindness from a few hundred strangers."
In just four days, Carter's GoFundMe page raised more than $6,350, just a couple hundred dollars short of its $7,000 goal.
Carter went back to the Popeye's on March 26. He set the surprise up with the manager, who said she found the gesture “kind of weird and creepy” until he proved it was legitimate, the Kansas City Star reported.
Several others who donated to the cause accompanied Carter to the Popeye's, where they surprised Mays with the money. One of the donors captured the moment on video.
“What he did for me, I can't wait to be able to get on my feet good enough, so I can do it for somebody else,” Mays told WDAF. “That guy does not know how much of an impact he's made on my life.”
Mays said her grandmother always used to tell her that guardian angels are everywhere. She said she knows she finally met hers.
“That was definitely my angel and my angel eats chicken!” Mays said.
Mays is currently researching different schools to see where she will pursue her nursing degree.