HILLSBORO, Ore. (NewsNation) — A stranger handed out thousands of dollars to people waiting in line for pandemic relief checks from a public/private partnership in Oregon.
Thousands of people waited in long lines at credit unions across the state on Thursday to apply for $500 emergency relief checks but people at one location left with more than they expected, NewsNation affiliate KOIN reported.
Kathryn Davidson was waiting outside an OnPoint credit union in Hillsboro, a suburb west of Portland, with hundreds of other people on Thursday morning.
She said a man driving a Jaguar pulled up and seemed irritated that people were blocking the ATM, but those gathered explained that they were waiting for emergency funding.
Davidson said the man reacted by asking, “Really, you guys need help?” She answered yes.
“All of a sudden he breaks open a stack of $100 bills,” she said. “And he said distribute this down the line. He just said here take it and he didn’t ask for any thanks he just drove off.”
Davidson, who formerly worked in the armored transportation services industry, believed the man handed over $10,000.
“He actually broke the band off of it so that means it was $10,000. At least $3,000 — maybe the whole $10,000 — was just distributed to everyone in line,” she said.
The man didn’t identify himself or ask for any thanks before driving away.
“All of us in line, we wanted to say thank you so much whoever you are, you’re a saint,” Davidson said. “There were Black people, white people, men, women, Catholics and people with a Jewish star necklace — handed out to all of us, didn’t matter who we were — women in burqas and every manner and walk of life are here and he helped all of us.”
The emergency funding program, announced Wednesday, is aimed to help 70,000 Oregonians who have been hurt economically by the pandemic. By Thursday afternoon, 33,000 people had been paid. The state said the money is expected to last until at least next week.