Pearl Jam’s, Eddie Vedder surprised a Maryland family with $10,000 after a mother’s Craigslist post went viral. On December 19th, The Washington Post published an article about a mother of six, who reached out to strangers on Craigslist for help. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, so Tyshika Britten took her shot.
Here is her original post from the WP I am a mother of six, 5 boys and 1 baby girl,” she began. Then, in a single paragraph, she laid out how her family would soon be evicted from their Maryland home, how she had yet to buy a tree or gifts, how this was the first time she might not be able to give her children a Christmas. “I’m so hurt,” the 35-year-old hairstylist wrote. “I’m trying my best. I pray everyday and now I’m begging for help. I know it’s not about the gifts, but they are kids! I’m such a failure right now . . . please help me.”
The post went viral, and a ton of people noticed. Gifts from across the country started to roll in, including a Playstation, a new puppy, and a hefty sum raised from a GoFundMe. Among the stampede of generous donations, a $10,000 check from Eddie Vedder came to the door. The family was oblivious to who this mysterious donor was, and quickly Googled the name. Pearl Jam, guys. You just got $10k from the lead singer of Pearl Jam.
“I was just so moved by the story and what this mother did for her children,” Vedder said in an interview Sunday. “I thought those kids must be so proud of their mother for reaching out. That takes a lot of courage.”