‘I was blown away’: Food bank receives $50,000 surprise from car dealership owner

In the season of giving, this gift left the operators of a California food bank speechless.Leaders at Placer Food Bank were left stunned by an unexpected surprise from longtime car dealership owner, John L. Sullivan, who recently presented the food bank with a check for $50,000.The donation wasn’t a surprise, but the amount sure was. Sullivan’s staff had planned to donate $5,000. Sullivan then made a decision on his own.”I heard that and thought that is generous to think of the food bank and to donate $5,000, but how many families is that going to feed? How many stomachs is that going to fill? We have to do much, much better than that,” Sullivan said.So Sullivan decided to multiply the initial promise by 10. But his decision to increase the donation to $50,000 wasn’t revealed until the check presentation ceremony at Roseville Toyota. “I had no idea — no idea,” said Lisa Heinrich, Placer Food Bank’s director of development. “I’m not often one to be at a loss for words, but I was at a total loss.””I was humbled. I was blown away. It means more to our organization than anyone could ever know.”Watch the video above to learn more.

In the season of giving, this gift left the operators of a California food bank speechless.

Leaders at Placer Food Bank were left stunned by an unexpected surprise from longtime car dealership owner, John L. Sullivan, who recently presented the food bank with a check for $50,000.

The donation wasn’t a surprise, but the amount sure was. Sullivan’s staff had planned to donate $5,000. Sullivan then made a decision on his own.

“I heard that and thought that is generous to think of the food bank and to donate $5,000, but how many families is that going to feed? How many stomachs is that going to fill? We have to do much, much better than that,” Sullivan said.

So Sullivan decided to multiply the initial promise by 10. But his decision to increase the donation to $50,000 wasn’t revealed until the check presentation ceremony at Roseville Toyota.

“I had no idea — no idea,” said Lisa Heinrich, Placer Food Bank’s director of development. “I’m not often one to be at a loss for words, but I was at a total loss.”

“I was humbled. I was blown away. It means more to our organization than anyone could ever know.”

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