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There's A Wonderful Reason Why This Iowa Elementary School Calls Him Their Hero!

Jerry Fenton is just your ordinary American man, he is a local resident of Burlington, Iowa who has his heart in the right place.

On the morning of October 18, he walked into the Burlington School Administration office and paid the overdue student lunch accounts for the whole school, the whole year.

According to his Facebook account, his generosity positively affected the lives of 89 students. According to CBS News, he donated about $700 to clear the unpaid balances in students' accounts.

He posted his good deed as an incentive to his friends and family to pay it forward,

"I gave them extra money in the account so that every kid at Grimes Elementary school won't be hungry the rest of this school year," Fenton wrote last Tuesday. "Now it's your turn to do something good for your fellow man."

Jerry Fenton paid for the lunches of every kid at Grimes Elementary School in Burlington, Iowa. Jill Chen, CBSNews

Grimes Elementary School posted a note of gratitude thanking Jerry for his kindhearted gesture,

Hundreds of supporters were inspired by the local hero's good deed, many posted words of encouragement and thanks.

But some people thought that he was just doing it for attention. Jerry later posted that he had received some "hateful comments" from people who thought that he should have remained anonymous in his donation.

Sometimes, all it takes is a single person whose heart is in the right place to make an immeasurable difference in the lives of others. Well done, Jerry!

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