Help UT Wendy's Guy Get off the streets
Posted by Benjamin McPhaul
(and most importantly, allowing us to participate)
So sad to hear, but hopefully he had the support and love from those that cared around him until the end. Thanks again, Paul, for making this happen and filling his heart with so much love for the last 2 years.
Thank YOU Paul for starting this campaign to help Junior and for finding him!! Please let us know if there is more that we can do to help and give Junior our love!
Great job on taking the initiative on this. Really awesome work! But I don't understand all this talk about the money going to efforts to help Junior in the long run. Why not just give him the money?
Great work on getting this campaign up and going! Question - why are donations closed when there might still be people out there (myself included) that want to support him (as long as the money is being used responsibly for his long-term betterment)?
Like many others, I contacted Wendy's over the weekend about Junior's situation. Here's their response: "Wendys recognizes and appreciates the wonderful outpouring of support for Junior, a former employee at our University of Texas campus restaurant in Austin. We would also like to support him by offering Junior independent professional services that can help him right away. We are proud to serve the UT Austin community and all of our customers."
Nice job Ben. Way to step in and take the lead on doing something
I'm so excited about this. I wish I'd thought of it when I first heard he was in trouble. To Vanessa, I would say that if you don't like this idea, just don't contribute.
This is such a great story! I just tweeted Wendy's -Oprah & ABC NEWS!! This deserves national coverage .. Warms my
Why does an attorney need to involve in helping him secure a living space? Just curious =]
Wendy's responded to my Facebook post that they are reaching out as well. Keep us all updated!!
Hello Longhorns! This is a wonderful way to give back but before we think of solutions to either build him a house, give him cash in our own bubble etc why dont we : just ask Junior how he wants to be helped? In this simple way we include Junior into the effort and worry less about money going missing. I'm sure Ben is an honest man, we just need Junior to be aware this is happening and have a voice. Prashant, UT alum '05
I hope there is some kind of oversight to make sure this money makes it to Junior. I don't just want it to "go to help him". I want it to go to him. If you can, please post some information so we have better certitude he's going to be receiving these donations properly. I'd feel a lot more comfortable sharing this story with people in that case. Why not contact the Daily Texan and let them know about this fundraiser? Hell, I'm going to send them an e-mail right now just in case.
Re: to Vanessa Mizutowicz - This is the tool that Ben had available at the time. If you don't like the method, figure out another way and don't contribute - it's that simple. No need to taint a good thing :)
Junior didn't work for Wendy's, he worked for the vendor that provided food service at the Texas Union.
#payitforward he made all 10 years of my undergrad bearable!
I just want to point out that those who have seen the documentary know how much Wendy's at the Union took care of him when he worked there, so please be sensitive and don't dog on Wendy's without knowing more details about what happened. I am sure Wendy's will help him too.
OMG I would happily volunteer if we could build a house for Junior! Great guy with a great heart. Thank you for the opportunity to help him!
Do you all realize that the platform website will keep almost 10% of the donation?
So if Junior moved to New York a few years ago, what is the story on why he is back in Austin now?