At this time last week, only one person had responded to Richard Reister's offer to mow lawns for $10 as he saved for his dog's life-saving surgery.
As of Wednesday, he'd gotten, oh, just a few more calls.
"At least 500," he says.
We first reported on Reister's quest to save his dog's life Saturday. The disabled veteran can barely walk. Now, his dog David barely can either. He needs two new hips or he'll have to be put to sleep.
But since Saturday, e-mails have poured into our station-- people from places like Chicago and St. Louis, who don't want their lawns mowed. They simply want to donate.
"I was just thinking when it started it would give me more yards to cut," Reister says of the phenomenon.
Last week, he'd made about 20 bucks towards his goal of $8,000. By Wednesday night, he had nearly $800 in his hands, with no idea how much more was coming in the mail. One man in Iraq is sending him $200-- $100 in honor of each of the man's two dogs.
"I didn't expect this kind of response. I've already burned two batteries on my phone. I've been brought to tears many times when I've answered some of these calls," Reister says.
And now, another obstacle. A few days ago, Reister was mowing some thick grass. Some of the grass got stuck in the tractor mower and the mower ended up bucking him off. Now he has some cracked bones, he's in a lot of pain and his doctors have told him to take it easy for a while.
"I have to put limits on what I can do."
Lucky for Reister and his dog David, there are no limits on how many people will be moved by their story.
If you'd like to donate money to Richard Reister's dog David, you can mail checks to:
1726 W. Brady Street
Chesaning, MI 48616
Some people have been talking about setting up a PayPal account for Richard; stay tuned to WILX for the latest on these developments.