Tis the season for giving, especially if you’re one of the most financially successful rock stars of the past twenty-five years. According to the Washington Post, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder gave a family in Maryland $10,000 after a plea for help in facing eviction went viral.
Back on December 20, The Post published the original article about how Tyshika Britten took to Craigslist to ask for help as she and her family were facing financial stress around the holidays, including nearly being forced out of their Oxon Hill, Maryland home.
“I am a mother of six, 5 boys and 1 baby girl,” the initial post read. “I’m trying my best. I pray everyday and now I’m begging for help. I know it's not about the gifts, but they are kids! I’m such a failure right now . . . please help me.”
Thankfully there were those around the country who were able to help out Britten and her six children. A seven-inch Kindle Fire, a PlayStation 4, and a puppy were all among the number of gifts sent to the family for her children to have something to open on Christmas morning. Also included in the gifts sent to the family, was a check for $10k sent by Vedder.
“I was just so moved by the story and what this mother did for her children,” Vedder said about his incredibly generous donation. “I thought those kids must be so proud of their mother for reaching out. That takes a lot of courage.”
In talking about his own Christmas experiences as a child, “there were years there were toys from Santa, but they were used and they came from garage sales and they didn’t always work.”
The GoFundMe page the family set up has since received over $18,000 to help them this winter, surpassing their initial goal of $6,000.
You certainly are the “Better Man” for your kind donation this holiday season Mr. Vedder.