Disabled Wichita veteran without power for 3 months gifted $10K after TikTok video of lawn transformation goes viral
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - "It just amazed me. I don't know how to say it any other way. I'm just amazed by the whole situation," said Wichita resident Mark Edens.
Edens is a disabled veteran doing everything he can just to get by.
But it hasn't been easy.
"I have a heart condition. I've had two heart attacks, three strokes," he said.
Edens physically can't keep up with his yard work, and when it goes too long, the city charges him $150 – money he desperately needs.
But recently, a complete stranger knocked on his front door, asking if he would let him mow his yard for free.
Understandably skeptical, Edens agreed.
So, Spencer, owner of SB Mowing, got to work. After he finished, he posted the video on TikTok, and never expected what would happen next.
"It started off just, you know, kind of getting a couple hundred thousand views. I'm like, wow, this video is doing really well. And then yeah, I woke up the next morning, it was like, six or seven million views," said Spencer.
Now, the TikTok video alone has nearly 20 million views, with thousands of comments from people who wanted to help Edens. So, Spencer started a GoFundMe for him.
Just when he thought he couldn't be more surprised, Wednesday, Edens got another knock on his door.
"I'm just amazed by the whole situation. A free lawn cut, now a free back lawn cut, and ten grand. Life is good, and so is God," said Edens.
Spencer handed him $10,000 cash from donations all around the world.
But, what even Spencer didn't realize...
"I was in the house with nothing. No electricity, no running water," said Edens.
Edens was so far behind on his utility bills that his water, gas, and electricity had been shut off for over three months.
"I deposited the money, I paid off my court fine, and got my gas, water, and electric turned back on today. That's how much of an impact [it had]," said Edens.
Spencer says it's moments like this that make all of his hard work worth it.
"Just able to spread goodness in the world where there's not a lot of goodness right now. So, it's nice to be able to do that," said Spencer.
"Keep your chin up, and keep moving forward no matter what. Yeah, sometimes we get gut-punched, but guess what? We can still stand. We're on the right side of life," said Edens.
We asked Spencer if he or Edens needed any additional help. He says the GoFundMe is fully funded, but says if you'd like to support what he does, the best way is by simply watching his videos.