INDIANAPOLIS - One man left an unsuspecting Broad Ripple server a $500 tip Monday afternoon, all because of his brother’s dying wish.
It all started as an act of kindness that has snowballed into something much bigger than anyone imagined.
Seth Collins and his parents drove in from Lexington, Ky. and randomly chose Three Wise Men Brewery in Broad Ripple for lunch.
The family was on a mission to fulfill Collins’ younger brother Aaron’s dying wish.
“My brother passed away last July and the last wish in his will was that we go out to dinner and leave somebody a $500 tip,” Collins said.
The video Collins took of giving that tip went viral. Money started pouring in from around the world from donors that wanted Collins to do it again and again.
What was supposed to be a one-time act of kindness developed into Aaron's Last Wish .
Collins has now given a big tip every week for almost a year. Collins said his brother took great joy in unexpected kindness.
“Aaron never thought what he was doing was a big deal. So he would have thought, one time, something nice to do for a person. It made that person happy and that’s what he wanted. He never would have predicted any of this,” Collins said.
Today the family stopped in Indianapolis to give an unsuspecting waitress the tip of her life.
“Overwhelmed, thankful. It couldn’t have come at a better time in my life,” Beth Foster said. “I’m a teacher just looking for a job and it’s kind of hard right now.”
Monday marked the 54th large tip given in Aaron Collins’ memory.
This tip was particularly emotional for Collins’ mother.
“Today is actually an anniversary for me. A year ago today, I saw and spoke with Aaron for the last time,” their mother said.
Collins has collected $60,000, with donations from every continent. He plans to travel to all 50 states and give out a $500 tip each week until the money is gone.
“It never gets old. I knew about the third one that it was never going to get old,” Collins said.
Indiana was the 17th state Collins has traveled to as part of his mission.
He planned to take a 4-month trip to travel the rest of the country and continue to honor his brother's last wish.