I Support Clint
*UPDATE* 11:40am - I have spoken with Linda Lee, Clint's wife. She says he is absolutely overwhelmed with our support, even more so than by the events of yesterday. I would like to clarify the events, however. Clint hired as a caterer for the AFP tent which was torn down. He was much more concerned about the others, and particularly helped to get the women out of the tent. It was when he returned to gather his equipment that the taunts and racial slurs began. He says the working people did not respect the working man. He was not there to be political; he was just there to serve. This is the Clint we know and love. Please, let's respect him and leave our political opinions out of this. This is about our support for Clint.
*UPDATE* Thank you all for your amazing display of support! Because our goal of $2000 was reached by 10am today, and has now (10:48am) been nearly doubled, I have decided to raise it to $5000. Thank you all again for getting this message out! WE LOVE YOU CLINT!
Early today, Clint Tarver, known as "The Hot Dog Guy" here in Lansing had his business attacked by out of line and out of control protesters near the Capitol.
First, thank you Lorilea for your kindness toward me in starting this donation website. Nothing like this has ever happened to me and my wife and I are so very thankful and grateful for the outpouring of support and the overwhelming generosity extended to us.
The events of Tuesday, December 11, 2012 here in Lansing were tragic for those who brought harm and destruction to innocent people. But I am reminded of a scripture that says, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done," (Genesis 50:20a, NIV). My wife and I have forgiven these individuals and are embracing the love and support of family, friends, fellow believers, and those who support hard work and small business.
Thank you is not enough so "Bless You" from the bottom of our hearts. May God honor your donations and contributions as good seed in good soil. I will never forget these past few days and I will make every attempt to be a good steward of your sacrifice. If you are in Lansing Michigan after March 15th, look me up at the corner of Michigan and Capital Avenue.
Clint "The Hotdog Guy" Tarver
I'd also like to share this photo of Clint back at work today outside the Capitol - when I visited him the line was about this long as well! Great to have you back, Clint! (Photo by Jeff Wiggins)
I am so happy for Clint! It was heartbreaking to read his story. I felt so sorry for him and sorry that I didn't even know about this cause until late in the game, but it appears that he has gotten all the help he needs and more! I agree with some of the other comments that he should keep the money and open a few new carts and hire some people who truly need and want a job. It is truly heartwarming that so many people came to his aid. I just love this site and plan on helping out as much as I can.
God Bless America. Forgive the democrat union thugs for they know not what they do.
Love this!! :) "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
I'm glad this man received the help he did here but I have to wonder, Why did it go way over the goal? familys like my are trying to raise money here to save our family homes because laws like this have killed the employment in our nation. went can't crack 200 dollars in weeks... We might be poor but me and my kids are humens too... we hurt, we're scared and we are alone...
people keep saying things like "It is about making a statement about violence and racism " but i dont get it. He is american, your american, just how is that possibly racist? I hope he can keep the leftover funds as it sounds like america is a very violent place, and he may need to repair or replace his equipment again, or if he is injured he would need funds for medical.
Yesterday I was feeling so good being able to help such a wonderful man like Clint. But today...my heart is broken for the families in Connecticut and the little ones who will never get a chance to live their lives. Perhaps a donation should be set up for the families of those who are going to have to bear the cost of burying their children.
we need more Clint and Linda Tarvers in the world. Wonderful, classy people. I m proud to have donated my little sum. God Bless them!
Unbelievable what was done to this fine man. Linda Lee Tarver has put on her page the testimony of a TRUE Christian. It brought tears to my eyes and reflection into my own life. God Bless them.
Perhaps even better than the amazing amount of money raised, is to read through the positive comments on this page and know that, by and large, these are positive voices in our own community. There are certainly numerous donations and comments from out of state, and they are equally as inspiring. There ARE good people in the world. Clint is one of them, but I see a whole page full of others. God Bless Clint. God Bless Lansing. God Bless all of you. #LoveLansing
Good to see this effort went well over the $5K goal. People have talked about Clint giving the rest to charity, but as far as I'm concerned, the best thing he could do is set up a couple more carts, hire some deserving locals, train them in the finer points of running a business, and create a few more jobs. Our country needs a hell of a lot more Clint Tarvers and a lot less of the entitlement types who throw violent tantrums when they don't get their way...
This is crazy Tea Party members donating money to a black man. They are all racist this can't be.:-)
This is a good cause --"closing donations at 12 EST tomorrow (12/14/12)"
Amazing to see the response of so many people. Glad to see that good things can still happen to great people who do it the right way.
When I first learned of this story yesterday, I was sad, horrified and angry! Immediately I tried to think of ways to help. Lorilea had already set up this fundraiser and I was thrilled to donate. The response has been incredible. Watching Mr. Tarver and listening to interviews I believe he is worthy of all the support and then some! His positive attitude and Christian values are inspiring. I think I'll drive downtown tomorrow and get a hotdog. I have to meet this man!
I donated knowing full well that the goal may be surpassed and more. I wish Mr & Mrs Tarver the best and hope they use the money in a way that will benefit them best. If that leaves extra then donating it fine with me.
Personally I'm okay with Clint doing whatever he wishes to do with this money. If he decides to donate some of it, it only reinforces what everyone thinks about him and his character. He is planning on upgrading his cart and replacing the equipment lost so if he wants to use this opportunity to bless others I fully support that. A gift is without strings so I do not believe in telling someone how they should spend a gift. It's for them to decide. :)
Yes, it's not about the $500 worth of equipment -- I, too, donated knowing full well the value of what he lost. It is about making a statement about violence and racism while honoring a man who deserves it for the kindness he shows others. I am sure that is hard for some people to understand . . . especially when they are filled with anger. Peace begins with a smile ~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
I donated hoping that Clint would use the extra money to expand his business. I just heard Sean Hannity say that he will give him $1000. so he can someday open a hot dog restaurant. People donated to Clint so he can become more successful. For him to donate it somewhere else, was not the intent of the donors. We all could have donated somewhere else, but we wanted to help Clint. I hope he will consider that when deciding how to spend HIS money.
I donated after the total was in the $20K, realizing Clint could buy more than five hot dog trucks with the money. I'm happy to see he's back in business, and that he plans on donating what he doesn't need. This is a true man of character. And while I don't usually equate Lansing with Chicago dogs, I'm definitely going to go out of my way for one of Clint's dogs next time I'm in town.
($31,115 raised by 1349 people in 1 day.) Hey Unions/OWS/99%ers... THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!!!! We the people!