A simple request on Twitter turned into an incredible display of generosity by Canadians to help an Edmonton man travel to Montreal for his grandmother's memorial service.
It all began when Tim Adams, an Edmonton journalist, posted a tweet last week asking locals to consider hiring Tom Narvanen to mow their lawns.
Adams was hoping to help drum up a bit of business for Narvanen, who has high-functioning autism and is on a limited income.
The post went viral in the best way possible, and people across Canada are now sending Narvanen cash donations, coupons, gift certificates, and job offers.
People with no lawn, or living outside of Edmonton, used their imagination, and sent him the money anyway:
I live in a condo but just pretended Tom cut our lawn and sent him $20.— Dean Millard (@DuckMillard) September 8, 2018
Thanks for cutting my grass in Winkler, Manitoba, Tom. Your payment is sent.— Jesse Klassen (@jessek_86) September 9, 2018
I woke up in Sudbury Ontario, my lawn was cut, ether was Tom or my neighbour, sent Tom a thanks in case it was him!— Matthew Golanski (@mr_golanski) September 9, 2018
Others touched by the plea donated much more than $20:
This should get him there pic.twitter.com/I33o6vQmOl— ÐMð (@iamDMo) September 8, 2018
Glad I can help! pic.twitter.com/fBdtxWhxiY— Sports Archivist (@ArchivistSports) September 9, 2018
While several companies offered to hire him:
Does he have his own mower? I have a property management company and always looking for help cutting grass around the city.— Brennan Whitehouse (@Brenwhitehouse) September 8, 2018
If Tom is looking for full-time work doing the same type of work on a full-time salary, he should send us a note: firstname.lastname@example.org— HHS Contracting Inc. (@hhscontracting) September 8, 2018
Narvanen, who describes himself as "pretty private," said he's "humbled" by the outpouring of support.
"It's unexpected, but very nice," he said in a phone interview with HuffPost Canada on Monday, adding that he now has a very full calendar of lawn-mowing commitments.
He said he has enough money to travel to Montreal now and isn't looking for any more donations, he said.
Narvanen said he has been mowing lawns for just over a year, and sometimes comes across customers who don't pay after the job's been completed.
"So this restores my faith in humanity a little bit," he told HuffPost.
And he's not alone. A lot of other people are feeling the warm fuzzies, too:
This whole thread = what I like about twitter.— Andrew Bergink (@BADGERxxxFACE) September 9, 2018
*Crying from the US* God I love you Canadians.— a l i 🌲 (@trailblazergrrl) September 10, 2018
By Monday evening, Adams took down the original tweet at Narvanen's request due to "too much attention." And he took the opportunity to ask everyone to "do something good for family, a friend, neighbour or stranger."
Tom asked I delete the tweet.— tim adams (@TimAdamsCBC) September 11, 2018
Too much attention.
I respect that & have deleted it.
He & I are very grateful.
Thank you for showing we are all capable of good things!!!!
Please use the momentum to do something good for family, a friend, neighbour or stranger.
It's really easy.
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