It all started with an offhand comment. Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted a response to one of President Donald Trump’s tweets, and Twitter user Michael Beatty responded a bit … unkindly:
Oswalt responded jokingly, tweeting:
Things could’ve just ended there. Everyone goes on with their day, the exchange was kind of funny, and no one’s any better for the exchange.
Oswalt did something different. He took a look at Beatty’s timeline and noticed that he had been experiencing some difficult times – in fact, he was raising money to fund medical treatment. Oswalt decided to help.
According to Beatty’s Gofundme page, he was hospitalized for two weeks in December for sepsis and diabetes ketoacidosis. He was in a diabetic coma for eight days and was left with massive medical bills. He is now continuing his care at the VA as he is a Vietnam veteran.
Oswalt followed through and donated $2,000 toward Beatty’s Gofundme. His twitter followers followed suit, with more than 2300 people donating over $45,000. Beatty’s initial goal was $5000.
Beatty was moved by Oswalt’s gesture:
He later posted another update:
And of course, Oswalt couldn’t resist a joke:
It’s a small gesture of good in these days where we seem increasingly divided. Ultimately, we’re all just human, after all.