An American Uber driver is heading to the Olympic Games to watch his son compete thanks to the generosity and creativity of a passenger.
Liz Willock discovered that her Uber driver Ellis Hill had a son who would be representing the USA in shot put. But despite his excitement, he couldn’t afford to go over and cheer him on.
"When I told her about my son she was really amazed, but when she asked me if I was going over there to watch him, I said I really couldn't afford it," Ellis told People.
Liz found that news devastating, and sprang into action. She decided that Ellis would go to the Olympics, and set up a Go Fund Me to help raise money for him. She used her connections as a sales leader at a concierge service to spread the word.
Naturally his son Darrell Hill also joined in and encouraged people to donate.
Within just two days she had raised $7,500 and surprised Ellis with the news as he was leaving church.
"I was ecstatic," Ellis said. "I feel really grateful and overcome by the knowledge that there are good people out there."
"There has been so much sadness and violence in the news lately and this really restored my faith in humanity," Liz added. "We had over 150 people contribute and I think Ellis knew maybe 10 of them. The rest were strangers."
This is so heartwarming!