When Jamie-Lynne Knighten shared the story of a stranger who helped pay her grocery bill when she left her debit card at home and then died in a car accident the next day on her Facebook, she never expected to get so many responses.
“He’d be doing backflips. All of this friends say he would just be so thrilled to see the ripple effect of one thing that he did,” said Knighten.
To keep the spirit of her kind samaritan’s memory alive, she started a pay-it-forward page on Facebook called “Matthew’s Legacy,” but never imagined that it would go viral and stretch worldwide. Now the Facebook page has over 40,000 likes!
Matthew Jackson was a 28-year-old fitness trainer with many friends and family members who loved him.
Since LittleThings first reported the story, we’ve learned that also in the car during the crash that killed Matthew were two of his friends who survived. “He was actually taking one of them to get transmission fluid. It was another kind act on his part,” said Knighten.
Both 24-year-old Mark Caparelli and 22-year-old Nic Carlson were hospitalized for serious injuries. Knighten recently launched a GoFundMe Page to help these young men with their mounting medical bills.