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Season of Hope: Vista father, daughter planning to donate stimulus money, issue 'stimulus challenge'

Posted at 4:40 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 21:27:07-05

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A Vista man and his teenage daughter are anxiously waiting their stimulus checks, so they can give them away.

Scott Green, who works in construction, has kept his job during the pandemic.

"I have a full-time job and able to make rent and pay bills ... I’m blessed and not strapped at the moment," said Green.

Green will be getting a $600 stimulus check, and so will his 17-year-old daughter Makenna, who works and filed a tax return.

Both of them could find plenty of ways to spend the money. Instead of spending it, they’ve decided to give. Green remembers when he approached his daughter about his idea.

"Her eyes lit up, smiled, and said, 'Okay!' ... I felt great and very proud," said Green.

So Green went to the Nextdoor site about his plan to divvy up his check to others. He asked for suggestions on who could use the money, from workers to businesses impacted by the pandemic.

"It is heartbreaking to see these businesses I’ve known for so long, now gone. Seeing people’s dreams go down the drain," said Green.

Green says he’s still sorting through the numerous responses to his plan, and still hasn’t figured out how he’ll divide up their stimulus payments. He knows they will be put to good use.

"As a human being, I feel like it's my job to help people around me," said Green.

On his Nextdoor post, Green also issued a stimulus payment challenge to others.

"My challenge is for anyone not in a hardship, to help someone. Give a little. It doesn’t have to be half or all of it. Find someone and help them out," said Green.