Across America: Kindness+Generosity > $
Hello! My name is Tommy Lukrich, and I believe kindness and generosity should be rewarded. This May I am graduating, and could use some of that kindness and generosity to reward others. My plans are to travel across the United States and transfer other people's generosity and kindness with a $100 bill.
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Hey everyone. I've switched the goal amount to $5400 instead of $10,000. At this point in the trip, I'm nearly positive $5400 will be enough. Please message me for more information if you're interested.
I love people, and that's one of the reasons I'm an actor. I realize how fortunate I am to have kind and generous people who have supported my dreams. They have helped me through the four most difficult years of my life. Even YOU have already helped me. Yes! You! A large portion of my tuition is paid for through Pell Grants, your tax dollars. Scholarships and work have also helped pay for tuition. I am fortunate to have zero dollars in outstanding loans. How does one do that? Lots of ramen and peanut butter. Now that I'm graduating, it's time to give back to others by showing them the power of kindness.
After finishing my freshman year of college, I needed to go on an adventure, but had less than $200 dollars in my bank account. I decided to walk across the state of Washington, and ran into the most incredible human beings.
Why are you doing this?
Helping others is one of my primary passions in this world. There are so many truly wonderful people in my life, and I want to do something in honor of them. Also, I want to bring an awareness of how many great/kind/generous people there really are out there. There are so many! People are complex though. A decent amount of people I know have put up walls out of fear which makes them seem like "bad" people (we are those people at times, as well). They fear that the world is out to get them. Here is what I aim to show: 98% of people are well intentioned, a small percentage of those hide behind their walls, and only 2% of people are truly lost. People are too complex to be labeled good or bad. Everyone inherently wants to be kind and generous.
How will the money be used?
The purpose is not to just walk across America, it is to get from one side to the other while encountering the most kind and generous of humanity. I will walk the entirety of the United States with no rides. If I take a ride, I will have to get back to where they picked me up.
Now, why $10,000 you ask? (I've discovered that I should be able to do the trip with $5400.) I want to give each person a monetary reward when they give me a ride, or shelter, or offer money, or even if they help me in some other way altruistically. I don't want their reward to be a $5 bill, but rather $100. Imagine kind and generous people being the bankers of the world. What would they do with money? What will they invest in? Those possibilities excite me tremendously.
How much money did you say?
The goal is $10,000. (Now $5400.) Attached to the hundred dollar bills will be cards. Printed on those cards will be everyone's first name who donated. It's important that these kind people I run into understand that you gave them the hundred dollar bill, not me. If the goal is exceeded, the extra money will be given to other people I met that I wanted to reward, but was worried I wouldn't be able to raise enough money at the time. If there are more donations than I know people who deserve it, I'll put up a vote to the donors to see if they would be alright with the additional money being used for some of the expenses I've incurred during the trip. Expenses would include air fare to visit family, friends, and to get to my new home.
So...you're going to carry ALL the money with you?
Oh no!!! That would be a terrible idea! I will carry varying amounts of cash on me depending on where I am.
How are you going to survive?
During my last trek across Washington, I learned lots of tricks and tips for living on the road. I experienced mistakes and triumphs in dealing with the elements, and dangerous situations. I'm not worried about food or nutrition; I discovered different ways to eat healthy while out in the middle of nowhere. Bear spray is a must as it can deter more than just bears...
How are you making it back home?
Either through bus, plane, or train. I would love to take a train across the states! We'll see if that's feasible though. It's more likely that I'll find the cheapest option possible. It will be a one way trip as there is not enough time to go across and back.
How long will this take?
With the route I am planning, it will take about six months. (It's taking more than that. Probably more like 7 and a half.)
Does your mother know about this!?
Yes. And she is very supportive. Love you, mom! Thank you.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this project. Please post any questions you may have and I will respond promptly.
[Shantell and her son Ethan stopped to make sure I was okay. After asking if I wanted food, a terrible mistake because I rarely say no, Shantell drove 24 miles total to her house and back just to help me out. I wanted so badly to give them $100, but couldn’t because I’m worried I don’t have enough to make it all the way across :/
Ethan has a Tumblr, so a big shout out to him! A big THANK YOU to your family!]
This is from a long time ago back in Montana. At the time I didn’t have very much funding, but as time went on, I was able to raise a bit more. Now I can give to some of those people who really deserved a hundred. Shantell and her husband Ryan really helped me out. They each gave so much, and it is an honor to give them each a hundred. Ryan gave me a pair of gloves which protected me through the last part of my trip.
Let me know if you want those back, Ryan! Thank you both so much. Such a pleasure hanging out with you and your family, even if for just a short time.
Bill also gave me some money for food down the road, and gave me his contact information in case I needed help.
Thank you for your kindness, Bill. It's obvious your family understands its importance.
A friend of mine insisted I check out Cedar Point while I was in the Sandusky area. Cedar Point is the ultimate roller coaster theme park in the country. When I met Jack, I was explaining to him that I had just lost my opportunity to go to Cedar Point, since it closed the next day, and it was too far out of my way.
It turns out that Jack is a BIG fan of the theme park, and he almost immediately offered to take me. The next day I helped him at his work, and we were on our way.
Jack is an incredible human being. A few years back he suffered traumatic brain injury and was forced onto disabilities. He is an inspiration for everyone to persevere, along with a shining example of overcoming adversity to perpetuate kindness.
Tommy I am SO proud of you!! I still remember you in Emmett. I was always impressed with your heart then and I still am to this day. You are a great inspiration for me and for others!
Thank you, Keith! You were such a life saver on my last walk. It's because of people like you that I am doing this trip. Again, thank you.
Tommy! Good luck...if I see you on the road, I definitely will pick you up...I think you might need wipes instead of toilet paper! :)