Last week, a Texas man took his entire stimulus check to Walmart where he purchased hundreds of burgers and dogs to feed his neighbors and community.
Ronald Kearney, 61, made the decision to use his $1,200 to feed residents in Killeen after the local supermarket shut down. He says he did it because “it drives him crazy to see them suffering.”
“My momma raised me right, and this just felt like the right thing to do,“ he said.
According to the Killeen Daily Herald, Kearney bought the burgers, hot dogs, and buns in bulk and offered takeaway options for people to deliver to their families.
He set up a grill and, along with some neighborhood volunteers, handed out a hotdog and hamburger combo to anyone who wanted one.
Kearney ran out of supplies within hours but was able to serve around 160 families.
“Everyone is going to remember this time,” he said. “If people act like jerks right now, everyone is going to remember it. If people are good to each other, they will remember that, too. How we act now is going to define us for the rest of our lives.”
Many people used their stimulus payment from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to cover rent payments, medical bills, and other primary expenses that may have been put off as many Americans fall on hard times financially. But Kearney said he’s “doing OK.”
“I work in repair and I am doing a job almost every day, but I see other people around here struggling… So I got my stimulus check direct deposited, and I went out to the store and bought 400 hotdogs, 400 hamburgers and some other items and handed them out to everyone who wanted one,” he explained.
Kearney says that during times of struggle is when people show their true colors. He urges Americans to look out for one another and to do the right thing, especially now.
“Right now is how we define ourselves as a country and a people. Just because we’re poor doesn’t mean we don’t have stress. We’re just like everybody else and we can help our neighbors… Don’t fear each other, care for each other.”