A Virginia dad dumped 80,000 pennies on his ex-wife’s lawn for his final child support payment.
Avery Sanford, who just turn 18, is one of the man’s estranged daughters. She has not spoken to her dad for years.
“It’s not just my mom he’s trying to embarrass, it’s also me and my sister and it’s upsetting that he didn’t consider that before he did that,” she said.
“He had rented a trailer,” Sanford said, “he pulled up in front of the house and turned the trailer on so it dumped out all the pennies on the grass.”
“My mom came out and was like, ‘What are you dumping in my yard?’ She didn’t know who it was until he shouted, ‘It’s your final child support payment,” Sanford told WTVR.com.
Despite being shocked of what happened, the girl and her mother picked up every penny and decide to make the best out of it by donating the payment to Safe Habour, a local shelter for domestic abuse victims.
“They were able to turn such a negative experience, and what her daughter witnessed, into a positive. They found a way to turn this around and not feel devastated about it,” Cathy Easter, executive director of Safe Harbor, told the Washington Post.
According to the shelter, Sanford’s gesture had drawn over $5,000 additional donations from people who heard of and were impressed by the story.
“Turning around and donating that money to moms and children in need, I feel like that really turns this situation into a positive. You can learn from it,” Sanford said.
She also said that it was her decision, but she was determined to draw a line to anyone who disrespected her mother.
“It’s really hurtful and damaging to your kids when you do things like that. It doesn’t matter if they’re young or an adult, the actions of your parents will always have some effect on you,” she added.
The father admitted that he was driven by emotion after 18 years of built-up frustration and he regrets the decision.