One man is reminding people of the importance of helping others during their time of need.
Like many Americans, Suchon’s stimulus money would have provided much needed relief during a tough financial time. Instead of easing his own struggles, Suchon eased the hardship of others.
The local patron used his economic relief money, as well as some of his own income, to buy masks for the homeless. To date, he has bought more than 30,000 masks, and distributed them through the soup kitchen Elijah’s Promise, homeless shelters, churches and food pantries.
"I live on fumes after buying the masks, but I feel good about it," Suchon said.
Suchon said that by buying one person a mask, he’s not only helping one person stay healthy, but also protecting anybody else that person comes into contact with.
"We're all in this together. I just want other people to replicate it. If I can do it, you can do it," Suchon said. "Good begets good."
Other people around the country have also used their stimulus check to pay it forward.
Matthew Pierce, a teacher at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey Pennsylvania, used his stimulus money to buy Uber Eats gift cards for students and families. In addition to education, his school also provides on-campus housing for low-income kids.
"This one is personal for me. Having been in need ... I know what would solve one day's worth of problems," Pierce said.
“We have to model good civics. It's not something we're born with. We need to give back in times of need."