(CMR) A teen whose father dumped 80,000 pennies worth of child support in her mother's front yard in Virginia last month turned what was a hurtful situation into a joyous one by donating the money to a local domestic abuse shelter.
Surveillance video caught the father pulling up in his vehicle with a trailer hitched to the rear. He lifted the trailer, dumping the pennies on the curb and on the lawn.
When asked what he was going, he said he was making his last child support payment.
Avery Sanford, who had not spoken to her father in years, said it was hurtful as it not only affected her mom but her also.
“It is really hurtful and damaging to your kids when you do things like that. And it doesn't matter how old your kids. It doesn't matter if they're a young child or an adult. The actions of your parents will always have some effect on you,” Sanford, 18, told WTVR.
“It’s not just her [my mother] that he’d be trying to embarrass,” she continued. “It’s also me; it’s also my sister. And it’s upsetting that he doesn't really consider that before he did this.”
The father later said he regretted his decision and that his emotions got the best of him.
The pennies, totaling $800, were donated to Safe Harbor, a local domestic abuse shelter.
“The fact that they turned around such a spiteful act into something so beautiful just says a lot about the relationship between and mother and daughter,” Safe Harbor Executive Director Cathy Easter told FOX Tv.
“Turning around and donating that money to moms and children in need, like I feel like that just really turns the situation into a positive one. You can learn a lesson from it.” Sanford added. “