The Hidden Cash Nashville Creator Reveals What Inspired Him to Pay Kindness Forward--Mikayla Lewis
Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 12:22 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Hidden cash is being found across the country and world, and now it's right here in Music City. Last month, a secret millionaire on the west coast started spreading kindness, hiding envelops of cash for people to find.
The social experiment is spreading to cities like wildfire now. The Hidden Cash Nashville creator is a motivational speaker. He was motivated to pay it forward years ago, when the May 2010 flood hit his business.
Mr. Hidden Cash Nashville says, "Out of all the memories of that event, the one thing that I remember the most is all the kindness of random strangers who stopped by to bring everything from bottled water to Krispy Kreme Donuts."
The man says he wanted to pay do the same and help others. He became a local secret Santa, handing $100 bills to strangers at Goodwill. As soon as the holiday season passed, though, society's general giving spirit faded. The local business owner says tragedy takes over each new year, especially on the news.
"I thought how rare it is that good news makes the headlines, " he said.
This summer he finally saw a positive story. A San Fransisco man, Jason Buzi was giving away money to random strangers. The idea was already making it's cities like New York and London, inspiring the Secret Santa.
"I believe that God wants us to serve others and I believe this is a tiny way of doing it, " he said.
Each week, Mr. hidden Cash Nashville hides the red envelop of $20-$200 at a local business. Last week, Nashville Armory was the location that Evelyn Duke won at.
Andrew Breneman, Nashville Armory general manager says, " She pulled up, didn't park her car...just jumped out of it, ran through the door and hollered 'I am here for the red envelop.' So we gave it to her and she opened it up and started yelling '$106!'"
The businesses are just as happy getting new faces in the door.
Breneman says, "It was a good deal all around."
Mr. Hidden Cash Nashville pledged to do this for at least a year. He is in contact with hundreds of others doing the same in the U.S. and hopes to meet them someday.
The next cash giveaway is tomorrow at a Franklin location. Tweets, emails, and Facebook posts with clues will start going out at 10:00 in the morning. Usually within 10 minutes, the money is claimed. Sometimes even the losers win. Last week, Nashville Armory handed out free shooting passes to the people who came by after Duke won.
There are Hidden Cash programs in Chattanooga and Memphis. The local creator hopes to get one started in East Tennessee as well.
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