On his way home from work this month, Don Carter stopped at his local Popeye's Fried Chicken drive-through for supper. He struck up a conversation with the lady serving at the window. She looked tired, and confided that she was working to save money to go to nursing school. On his way home, Carter couldn't forget the woman. He saw potential in her, and the idea came, "why don't you pay for her to go to school?" He did some research and learned it costs about $1,500 to get a CNA license. That was more than he could afford.


With a little help from his friends, he launched a GoFundMe page, hoping "300 people would donate $5 each." The response was beyond anything he could imagine. His post was shared dozens of times. Within 24 hours, he'd raised $1,700 for the stranger he just met. Two days later, he returned to Popeyes to give her the good news. He also introduced her to some of his friends who knew about nursing schools and could help her apply.