WFLA's '8 On Your Side' talked to the man behind the $100 cash drops in St Petersburg. In an exclusive interview the founder of @HiddenCashStPet explains his motivation behind hiding money for his Twitter followers.
Smiles can be seen on the faces of four Twitter followers after they found $100 cash in an envelope. The man responsible for the free cash is hoping people will follow his lead and do something good for someone. Twitter followers who are lucky enough to figure out clues to the hidden money, are asked to retweet a picture of their find, then "pay it forward" - donate the money or goods and time to charities. One lucky couple has retweeted donating canned goods to the needy, and others have promised they have participated as a good Samaritan.
"We all believe deep inside that Pay It Forward is the way to live," says the anonymous benefactor.
His followers have organized a local Facebook page to help out homeless people near Mirror Lake Saturday morning. He plans on making a "special" cash drop in that area to support the community for helping people in need. He says it will be the largest amount of cash to date.
"Our sole goal is to encourage people in the community of St Pete and beyond to 'Pay it Forward'," he said. "We want to be a part of a Pay It Forward movement in St Pete."
"I believe this is bigger than myself or the group," he said. "To say 'look at us, we're cool, follow us,' defeats the purpose. To give anonymous really shows the true meaning of giving and it's not being selfish in my giving, it's giving for the sake to help others and that's why we will remain anonymous."
The Twitter cash craze began weeks ago in California when a person began hiding cash in an envelope, then giving out clues on Twitter to where it's located. Since then, @HiddenCash handles have popped up all around the U.S. including right here in the Tampa Bay area.
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