Special Olympics Florida

A Touching Act of Generosity

Posted on September 16, 2016 | Posted in FundraisingGiving

Acts of kindness – no matter how big or small – have the power to inspire and change lives beyond what we can imagine. One young man’s recent generosity moved those around him and multiplied his gift.

The Konopik family from Collier County recently purchased a new car at Tamiami Hyundai. After their purchase, they were given the opportunity to take their chances in the free “money machine,” a booth with a wind tunnel that throws cash around for the participant to grab.

The Konopik’s 11-year old son Jonathan entered the money machine and was able to snatch $131.

Jonathan decided to donate the money he won to Special Olympics Florida – Collier County, as his sister Abigail is an athlete with the program. Touched by Jonathan’s generosity, Paul Freeman, their salesperson matched the $131 donation, as did Tamiami Hyundai, raising the total contribution to $393.

The Konopiks, along with Special Olympics Florida – Collier County Director David McKenzie, visited John D’Angelo (manager) and the rest of his staff at Tamiami Hyundai to thank them for their generosity and for their support of Special Olympics Florida.


By unselfishly using his money to help others, Jonathan ended up tripling his contribution. We are so grateful to him and to the staff at Tamiami Hyundai for showing us how one small decision can positively impact those around us.