Football fan seen on TV holding sign begging for beer money gets £53k put in his account – The Sun

AN AMERICAN football fan jokingly who asked for beer money by holding up a sign was sent £53,000 by strangers – then donated virtually the entire lot to charity.

Carson King, 24, wrote "Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished, Venmo Carson-King-25" on a giant card at a crunch college game in Iowa between two local rivals.

And he managed to get himself shown TV with giants ESPN broadcasting live.

Then suddenly his phone kept buzzing as hundreds of people donated to the 'worthy' cause through smartphone app Venmo, which allows users to transfer money to accounts with just a username.

King – who arrived a 5.30am for the Iowa State Cyclones match with Iowa Hawkeyes, told Fox61: "It was a lifetime dream of ours to be able to go to gameday.

"I just thought as a joke, 'Maybe I could make a sign asking for money to get some Busch Light.

"My mum joked, 'This is going to be a proud mum moment, my son begging for beer money on national television.'

Their hospital does great things for state of Iowa. Those kids are fighters and they deserve any chances they can get.

"I looked down at my phone because my friend was asking who kept texting me, it just kept going off. I looked down and had about $400 in my Venmo account.

"I had people from Texas, Idaho, California, Massachusetts – I guess they like Busch Light too."

Upon realising the extent of the donations, King did what any good son should do and consulted his mum.

They concluded that he should keep enough to buy a crate of beer and give the rest to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

King added: "Their hospital does great things for state of Iowa.

"Those kids are fighters and they deserve any chances they can get.

"It's all hatred there [between Cyclones and Hawkeyes] but all aside the communities of Iowa support each other."

Both Busch Beer and Venmo offered to match the donations King had been sent, meaning the hospital are set to receive at least £160,000 – while Busch promised him a few more pints for good measure.

Even more donations could still follow as King plans to keep the scheme open until the end of September.

Tom Moore, from University of Iowa Healthcare added: "We’re very grateful to Mr King," and added the cash would be used to help pay for accommodation and gasoline for families visiting their sick children.

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