Dad pays last child support with pennies, daughter donates to victims of domestic violence


If there was a hall of fame for pettiness, a divorced dad in Virginia would be a shoo-in for his efforts to give his ex-wife and kids the final kiss. After his daughter, Avery Sanford, turned 18, the father pulled up in his truck with a trailer attached and threw 80,000 cents in front of his house.

The $ 800 was for her last child support payment.

Avery saw it all go through the doorbell camera on his front door. “I just turned 18” Avery told WTVR. “When I was in the middle of the class, my father passed by. He had rented a trailer.”

“He stopped in front of our house, as the trailer turned on to throw all the pennies in the street in front of our house,” she continued. “And my mom walked out while this was happening. She didn’t recognize them at first.”

The mother shouted at the man in the car, “What are you throwing on my lawn? The man replied, “Your last child support payment!” “

Avery’s mother reported the incident to Henrico County Police.

Mother and daughter donate thousands of abandoned pennies to domestic violence center

First of all, as a parent, to demonstrate such disgusting pettiness in front of your children is just horrible. Second, there is no good reason for anyone to be upset about taking responsibility and supporting their child financially.

Avery hasn’t spoken to his father in years and after his most recent antics, it seems like keeping a distance is a good idea.

“It’s really hurtful and damaging to your kids when you do things like that. And it doesn’t matter how old your kids are. It doesn’t matter if they’re a young kid or an adult,” Avery said. “The actions of your parents will always have an effect on you.”

To turn the embarrassing situation into a positive one, Avery and his mother decided to donate all the money to Safe Harbor, a domestic violence shelter. Safe Harbor is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, support services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“It’s not only her that he would try to embarrass. It’s also me, it’s also my sister. And it’s upsetting that he didn’t really think about it before doing that,” Avery said. “Turning around and giving this money to moms and kids in need the way I want it really turns the situation into a positive one. You can learn a lesson from that.

A reporter has contacted Avery’s father and he seems to be feeling somewhat contrite for his behavior. He said he let 18 years of frustration get the better of him and didn’t want to “put another wedge between him and his daughter”.

As for Avery, she has a bright future ahead of her. The high school student can’t wait to attend Virginia Tech in the fall.


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