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Man buys, donates $500 in McD's gift cards

Dec. 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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WAYCROSS, Ga., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The owner of a Georgia McDonald's said an anonymous man came into his store, bought $500 worth of gift cards and told the manager to use them for the needy.

Brian Fey, who owns the fast food franchise in Waycross, said he took the cards the anonymous man donated and gave them to the Sweetwater Baptist Church homeless shelter in Waycross and the Pierce County Food Pantry in Blackshear, The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday.

"No name. No nothing. That's it," Fey said. "In my opinion, it's in the true Christmas spirit to do it the way that guy did it."

Fey said the man's generosity inspired him to match the donation and give an equal number of cards to each of the organizations.

The Rev. Philip Tyre of Sweetwater Baptist Church said the cards will go "a long way" toward helping those at the shelter, who he said can use them to buy lunch while they are out looking for jobs during the day.

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