Young Men Auction Hog and Donate Earnings to Charity

Austin Lettner, 14, and his little brother, Logan, auctioned off their 230-pound hog, Millhouse, at the 2019 Medina County Fair in Ohio. They were expecting to get around $1,000 and instead of blowing their money on video games or candy, their plans were to donate it all to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Near the end of the auction, they were already elated when the price of their hog shot up to $3,000!

But the good news didn't end there, when word got out that they were going to give the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, there was a sea of paddles in the air. People were donating an extra dollar per pound, 20 people donated an additional $230 each, and one person added an additional $500. These are not rich folks, these are hard working people like farmers and gravel pit workers who are putting their money back in to their community. In the end, the brothers raised $11,000 and the bidder who won the hog donated him to a local charity so the meat can be used to feed those in need.

“All the way through here there wasn’t a dry eye from the biggest, burliest men to the highest-paid guy in here,” their father added. “Everybody was just tearing up and crying, they were so proud of these boys and themselves. They should be extremely proud of themselves for coming and supporting these children. Not just mine, but all of them.”

“The people that we are donating the money to, they need the money more than we do,” Austin said. “No kid should have cancer.”

VIDEO credit: People Magazine

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