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93-year-old starts relief fund for pandemic victims after receiving 200 letters asking for help

Posted at 3:53 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 18:33:31-04

LARGO, Fla. — A 93-year-old World War II veteran wanted to give his COVID-19 stimulus check to someone who really needed it, now he’s hoping others will do the same.

Back in May, we told you how Virgil Sweet asked people who needed money because of the COVID-19 pandemic to write him a letter explaining why.

Sweet ended up getting more than 200 letters from 13 different states.

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He gave his $1,200 stimulus check to a single mother who is fighting brain cancer and struggling to provide for her son with special needs.

But Sweet was so touched by all the letters he received that he opened a fund where people can donate to the other people who wrote to him in need of help.

"You can’t read 200 letters of sadness and not develop a passion to help these people. And that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to ask for donors and we’ve got an LLC in place and we’re going to send money to the people who wrote these letters," said Sweet.

One local business presented Sweet with a check to help get his fund started.

"A gentleman who is voluntarily giving the money that he was given, it really inspired us and we wanted to help out," said Colby Peterson, General Manager at Fuccillo Nissan in Clearwater.

Sweet is hoping anyone with extra money who did not need their stimulus check, can use his fund to help give to the people really impacted financially by the virus.

You can send donations to the address below or email Sweet for more information on how to give at

Sweet Relief Fund LLC
P.O. Box 2507
Largo, FL 33779