College Kid's "GameDay" Sign Sparks Viral Fundraiser
When he saw the money start rolling in, he knew he had to use it for a good cause.
There's not much that a college sports fan won't do for beer.
Carson King, a 24-year-old from Altoona, IA, proved that last weekend at a "College GameDay" stop in Ames. He went to the game with a handmade sign reading, "Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished" in hopes of getting a little media attention, along with a few bucks to put toward a case of cold ones.
King did get a few seconds of screen time when cameras picked up his sign on the secondary stage at the stadium. After that, the donations started rolling in to his Venmo account. When the amount reached $600, King decided that he would give all of the funds to the University of Iowa's Children's Hospital -- minus the cost of a case of Busch, of course.
In the last few days, the campaign has gone viral and both Busch Beer and Venmo have agreed to match the amount of donations that King receives.
(Source: @BuschBeer )
(Source: @Venmo )
King's mother, Dana Archer-King, expressed her pride for her son's charitable moment.
"He's not a wealthy kid by any means," she told the Des Moines Register .
"I'm not sure how many 24-year-olds would just give that kind of money away. We're all so in awe with what he's doing." - Dana Archer-King
According to King's Twitter page, he has raised over $29,000 so far, and he plans to keep the fundraiser going until the end of September. He's thankful for the support of the college football community in Iowa (and beyond).
"This was way better than expected," King said. "It just goes to show that no matter if you're a Hawkeye fan, Cyclone fan, or Grand View Viking, we're all Iowans, and Iowans take care of each other."
Looks like King took care of his beer problem, too. He'll be getting a year's supply of brews, courtesy of Busch.
You can contribute to King's fundraiser by sending funds to Carson-King-25 on Venmo .