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A girl and her mother have donated the $800 in pennies that her estranged father dumped on their Virginia yard for his last child support payment.

"My mom came out and was like, 'What are you dumping in my yard?'" 18-year-old Avery Sanford told WTVR. "She didn’t know who it was until he shouted, 'It’s your final child support payment.


Home-security footage shows the unidentified man pulling up an SUV with a trailer attached and emptying the contents of it onto the front lawn on May 21. The interaction between Sanford's mother and estranged father can also be heard.

Following the incident, the family and their friends picked up the 80,000 pennies and donated them to a local charity.

Safe Harbor Shelter, a support center for survivors of sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking, confirmed Sanford's donation.

"They were able to turn such a negative experience, and what her daughter witnessed, into a positive," executive director Cathy Easter told The Washington Post. "They found a way to turn this around and not feel devastated about it."

A mother and daughter donated 80,000 pennies that were left on their front lawn by the father as the final child support payment

— CNN International (@cnni) June 10, 2021

Sanford told WVTR that her estranged father's actions were "really hurtful and damaging," but that she's glad they were able to do some good.

"Turning around and donating that money to moms and children in need, I feel like that really turns this situation into a positive," she said.

Sanford's story reportedly inspired others to help out as well, with the shelter saying they've received more than $5,000 in donations this week. 

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Family of girl, six, hit and killed in horror crash in front of her dad pay tribute to ‘beautiful and happy’ daughter

THE devastated family of a little girl who was hit and killed in a horrific crash in front of her dad have paid an emotional tribute to her.

Six-year-old Sharlotte Naglis and her dad were hit by a car while they were walking in Norton, Stoke-on-Trent last night.

6Sharlotte Naglis was hit by a car while she was walking in Norton, Stoke-on-TrentCredit: SWNS 6The girl, six, was mowed down by a car on Endon RoadCredit: BPM Media 6The driver of the car is being treated for a head injuryCredit: BPM Media

Despite the best efforts of passersby, the little girl was pronounced dead at the scene on Endon Road at 7.15pm.

Her family released a touching tribute to her today, saying: "Sharlotte was so beautiful, full of life, always smiling, sassy, so brave and happy.

“Sharlotte had just started her gymnastics classes which she loved and was shining so bright in.

“She was loved by everyone that met her, so caring and loving.

“Every night since she was born she would never sleep without holding her mum’s hand.

“There will never be another child like her for anyone who met her.

"She was taken so early from us and will never be forgotten.”

Her dad was treated for injuries - while the 44-year-old driver of the car was treated for a head injury.

A distraught man who said he was the girl's father this morning visited the scene where the six-year-old was tragically killed and paid tribute to her as "the loveliest little girl ever."

The man, in his 30s, who didn’t wish to be named, was accompanied by two friends and could be seen completely inconsolable and sobbing.

The group who spent around two minutes at the scene of the crash stood and looked at bunches of flowers placed in tribute of his little girl by the side of a wall.

6A driver mounted the pavement and collided with a father and his six-year-old daughterCredit: SWNS 6Flowers have been left at the sceneCredit: SWNS 6Cops are appealing for witnessesCredit: SWNS

Friends and the dad could be seen wiping away tears with tissues as he was heard wailing as he explained to them what happened.

The man wiped his eyes and was consoled by his two friends at the scene of the tragedy.

Stood only a minute away from the crash scene by his home he said: “She was the most loveliest little girl ever.

“I can’t say anything else right now it’s too hard.”

Residents at the scene laid bunches of flowers next to a wall at the side of the road to pay their respects to the little girl.

Cops are appealing for witnesses.

Sergeant Rich Moors, of the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigations Unit, urged witnesses to come forward.

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He said: “We’re continuing to investigate and understand fully what happened last night. We’d urge anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage, or who witnessed the collision or saw a blue Skoda in the area to get in touch with us.

“Again, we’d kindly urge people not to speculate as to the circumstances.

“Sharlotte’s family are being supported by specially trained officers. Our thoughts are with them all at this time.”

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