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Good Samaritan pays off student lunch accounts

Good Samaritan Pays Off Students' Overdue Lunch Accounts

Good Samaritan Ryan Cox of Indianapolis decided to step up his game and pay off all the overdue lunch accounts of students at a local elementary school.

'Ryan went on social media and he raised nearly $1,000 in five days and paid off the whole school's balance of $1,200.'

WTHR spoke with both Cox and Lakeside Elementary School's cafeteria supervisor Latiousha Smith about how the whole deal went down.

SMITH: 'He was like, 'You know, I just want to come and pay someone's balance.' And I was like, 'Okay, so what's your student's name?''

COX: 'I said, 'Well I have a few nephews who go there but their accounts aren't delinquent. I just want to pay random accounts.''

SMITH: And I said 'Are you sure?''

Needless to say, Smith was stunned.

Cox wrote on his blog that he was inspired to pay off the lunch accounts after a friend told him she had paid off 12 accounts at her daughter's school because kids were apparently refusing to eat lunch since they were too embarrassed to eat the lunch that's provided for kids with no money in their accounts.

And Cox is no stranger to giving back. He often pays for people's orders at his local Starbucks.

He chronicled one of these purchases in a Facebook post, saying, 'I don't care if your Starbucks order was $10.25 lady I'll never meet, the pleasure was all mine. Not a better feeling in the world than paying it forward.'

And Cox has other good deeds planned for 2014 as well. He wrote on his blog that his goal is to donate 200 hours of his time to charity and adopt four families this Christmas.

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TAMI April 21 2014 at 10:40 AM

a MILLION likes.

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wall12broadnyse April 21 2014 at 9:29 AM

Very nice.

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truffle4 April 21 2014 at 9:27 AM

Thank you for a story that shows that human kindness exists and can flourish, making someone's day a little better. Hopefully, it will inspire more people to act in the same manner.

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Kate April 21 2014 at 1:04 PM

That was a very decent thing to do. Child hunger is a big problem in this country, and children can be just as proud as adults. Other children can be mean, too, and tease someone they know is eating a 'freebie' meal.

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rmnlt April 21 2014 at 4:23 PM

There are good people in the world, the media in general just doesn't report them.

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bigblackattack72 rmnlt April 21 2014 at 4:29 PM

Very true. Sensationalism is the name of the game in the news business anymore. Fear sells, and it's a shame because there is a lot of good done in the world. Unfortunately, good doesn't generate ratings.

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bigblackattack72 April 21 2014 at 4:19 PM

I do things like this as often as I can. I love reading or hearing about others doing it as well. Anyone who is blessed to have extra funds should definitely "pay it forward". I have had people literally cry because such a small gesture helped them so much. I don't ever do this for coverage or thanks, I do this because I just want to make the smallest of positive differences in someone's life. I encourage anyone else with the means to do this as well. The smallest of positive gestures will snowball and help make our world a better place.

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mcdonald sparrow April 21 2014 at 9:03 AM

way to go god bless the giver

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jerryast1 April 21 2014 at 4:25 PM

you hear about the bad , nice to hear about the good . they are out there

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Gayle April 21 2014 at 8:56 AM

It's sad that children who can't pay have to eat different than the ones who can pay in a public educational setting. . It isn't helpful or motivating. It's embarassing and humiliating for the child and maybe even discriminating. What a nice man Ryan Cox is to level the playing field for these children for at least a few meals. Maybe the Children will remember this and one day help other children.

How sad this country has become to make children feel less than others yet we send money and food around the world. We need to take care of our own. If that is selfish so be it. I don't remember this once prosperous and and caring nation demoralizing the folks with less and the rich is good and poor is bad attitude that is prevelant today. It used to be each generation did better than the one before it and the former generation were so proud to instill education and work etheics in their children. Now it is like there is no hope with more and more living in poverty. It 's like the study hard and work hard and guess what you are still poor. Wake up American and realize what you are doing. Our future as a nation depend on it.

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tomnlind1 April 21 2014 at 12:15 PM

Thank you Cox for your kindness. I wish more like you would find it in their heart to step-up and make a difference in the lives of ordinary people, who are barely making it in our country. I don't necessary mean super wealthy people, because they are obsessed with greed. I mean just ordinary people who have a little extra cash to share with those who have none. God bless you, and I promise God will return to you 10 to 100 times what you gave to the needy. For those here who can't accept the fact that maybe, people may not have food at home will continue to be stupid and ignorant about everything. According the latest statistics, 1- out of 5 children go to bed hungry every night; in a country where we have thousands of billionaires, and hundredth thousand of millionaires. What you did was from compassion of your heart, whether you went out to raise the money or out of your pocket. Critics, get a life.

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pjarizona tomnlind1 April 21 2014 at 12:28 PM

These kids have lunch accounts they are not poor. The poor kids are on a lunch program for free lunches. Two different things. They guy just raised money for the lazy parents who didn't pay up their accounts and the kids to lazy to bring their own lunch.

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Aissa2 pjarizona April 21 2014 at 12:42 PM

Hopefully, there is a God, I want to see what his comments might be for the ignorant. Probably one of those lazy folks, know one of those stupid ones. Since no one with that much lack of intelligence would then go on to advertise their ignorance. GeeZ! Wish computers had been banned from the dumbest of us having access. Just ignorant.

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Kate pjarizona April 21 2014 at 1:18 PM

That is not true. Across the country, most schools have low income lunch programs and you still have an account for them. That way the children are not responsible for carrying cash which they could lose or have stolen from them, and the parents do not have to come up with cash every single morning-- they put money into an account and it is automatically withdrawn.

Calling people who are experiencing hard times 'lazy' sounds really familiar, and the comparison I have in mind is not flattering to you.

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