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The extraordinary typo that made headlines on Reddit has turned into a heartwarming story of generosity and compassion.

It all started when a California man and his wife moved into a new apartment building in San Francisco, and they had the pleasure of meeting their Hindu priest neighbor, Jeff Dunan.

Little did they know that this encounter would lead to a fundraising initiative for underprivileged communities in Bangladesh.

Jeff Dunan, a 77-year-old priest, introduced the man to a charity organization called Bangladesh Relief now a non profit charity, Lotus Ministry Trust.

Jeffrey Dunan

This organization focuses on providing essential supplies, food, and clothing to those in need in northern Bangladesh.

Being moved by this noble cause, the man decided to donate to Dunan’s GoFundMe campaign. With good intentions in mind, he settled on a donation of $150, believing it to be a suitable contribution.

However, fate had a different plan for him. Shortly after making the donation, the man received a notification from his credit card company, alerting him to an unusually large transaction. With a mix of shock and confusion, he discovered that a devastating typo had caused him to donate a whopping $15,041 to the campaign.

Lotus Ministry Trust Children Gathering For Food

Realizing his costly mistake, the man quickly sought assistance from GoFundMe‘s support line.

Thankfully, he was assured that a refund would be processed within a few business days, providing him some respite.

However, there was one major hurdle to overcome — the excessive donation amount would remain on the GoFundMe page until the refund was finalized.

Meanwhile, as news of the massive donation spread, Shohag Chandra, the charity’s program manager based in Bangladesh, reached out to the man expressing profound gratitude.

Lotus Ministry Trust Shohag Chandra das is distributing food


Michael, as the man preferred to be called, received an onslaught of Facebook notifications and messages from impoverished individuals in Bangladesh thanking him personally for his incredible generosity.

With each message he read, Michael’s heart sank deeper.

These messages were accompanied by images of people holding signs with his name on them, showcasing their immense gratitude. It became clear to him that revoking his hefty donation would not only disappoint those in need but also undermine the impact it could have had on their lives.

Overwhelmed by guilt, Michael decided to turn his mistake into an opportunity to do more good. After the refund was processed, he made the decision to donate $1,500 to the campaign, showing empathy and standing firmly behind the cause..

Jeff Dunan, deeply moved by this revised donation, acknowledged the accidental nature of the larger sum and expressed his gratitude for Michael’s continued generosity. He assured him that any donation, regardless of size, would make a significant difference in the lives of those they aimed to help.

As the charity’s leaders in Bangladesh weighed in on the matter, they too extended their heartfelt appreciation for Michael’s revised contribution.

The story that began with a typo turned into a testament to the power of compassion and the resilience of the human spirit.

Lotus Ministry Trust and Bangladesh Rood Recipients

Though the accidental $15,041 donation will forever be remembered, it is the kindness and the desire to make a positive impact that shine through in this tale. An enduring reminder that even the most unexpected events can lead to extraordinary outcomes, reminding us all of the incredible potential for good within each of us.

Although Michael initially shared his typo tale with family and friends, he recently decided to go public with his story on Reddit after learning that the Bangladesh Relief organization was in desperate need of funds.

“I felt the least I could do was share this story online and hopefully inspire others to donate to this cause,” said Michael.

Little did he know that his post would go viral, resulting in over $120,000 in donations to the organization within a few weeks, surpassing his own mistaken donation by eight times.

As Michael’s story gained momentum on platforms like Reddit and YouTube, where a popular channel called Smosh Pit featured his story, thousands of people were inspired to contribute to a new GoFundMe campaign.

According to Dunan, over 3,700 people have donated to the cause based on Michael’s post. The organization has been astonished by the overwhelming support they have received, surpassing their wildest expectations.

Many donors left lighthearted comments, jokingly stating that they were “making up for Michael’s mistake.”

Bangladesh Food Relief and Lotus Ministry Trust

Michael expressed his gratitude for the support and enjoyed reading the comments and watching the GoFundMe page’s total rise.

GoFundMe’s senior director of public affairs praised Michael’s story for inspiring others to contribute and multiplying his generosity.

The success of the campaign has allowed Bangladesh Relief to expand its services beyond food, clothing, and supplies, now including medication and educational support for local orphans.

Chandra, a representative from the charity, expressed deep gratitude to everyone who contributed and emphasized the positive impact the increased funding has already had on the people they serve.

Bangladeshi's Are Thankful

Michael, in disbelief, spoke of his astonishment at the overwhelming support, stating that he never expected such a reaction. “People can be amazing when they come together for something like this,” he said.

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