There are countless stories out there of famous people who decided to use their platform to benefit those less fortunate. After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico earlier this year, Pitbull flew his own personal jet to the island to transport cancer patients. Guy Fieri donated food to victims of the Sonoma fire. Britney Spears sold a (very bad) painting and donated the money to victims of the Las Vegas Massacre. Amal and George Clooney opened their own home to a Yazidi refugee. But these individuals — Pitbull, Fieri, Spears, and the Clooneys — have something important in common (other than being super generous). They're rich.
It's great to donate to worthy causes, but it becomes slightly more difficult when the Internet takes your good intentions and makes them go viral. That's exactly what happened to Danni Messina.
This is Danni.
via: TwitterShe's a 19-year-old student at Washington State University. And, like most college students, she's not exactly flush with cash. But that fact didn't stop her from trying to raise money for a worthy cause.
Danni was inspired to take action after talking to her friend about how he'd spent part of his Thanksgiving break in the hospital visiting his grandma. That made Danni think about all the kids who have to spend their holidays in the hospital. That gave her a great idea.
this time of year is about giving - this year, I am giving back to St. Jude & the families who are supported by the… https://t.co/NDYBjEkgc7— danni devito (@danni devito)1511643739.0
She didn't expect this:
via: TwitterThe tweet quickly went super viral. Before long, it had more than 190K retweets and more than 140K "likes." In case you're curious about that math, it works out to about $207,000. Did we mention Danni is a college student and not a millionaire?
Obviously, Danni couldn't afford to keep up her end of the deal after her tweet took off.
ha wowza ok - so we are stopping it here 😅— danni devito (@danni devito)1511744464.0
Some internet curmudgeons tried to shame Danni for her viral tweet.
@danni_messina Uggh... we from an older generation have a saying.. so you wrote a check you can’t cash did ya? It… https://t.co/xB2kdB9WyB— I’m Just Austin (@I’m Just Austin)1511757106.0
When people tried to give her a hard time about her donation strategy or claim she was just trying to get internet fame, she said this:
@bootybootybry47 no, actually, I thought of it because kids are in the hospital during the holidays, literally the… https://t.co/7wRQGe0WNQ— danni devito (@danni devito)1511727883.0
People were also hilariously reminded of the infamous "Scott's Tots" episode of "The Office."
Hey Mr. Scott What you gonna do What you gonna do Make our dreams come true https://t.co/ixspHGONFe— America Thee Festive (@America Thee Festive)1511828346.0
At the end of the day, Danni had the right idea.
I JUST WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE !!!!!— danni devito (@danni devito)1511732618.0