A former Beverley Hills Hotel employee received a helping hand from Sandra Bullock this week when she donated $5,000 to his GoFundMe page.
Svend Petersen, the much-adored 86-year-old former pool manager at the star-studded hotel, also received a touching message from the actress that read “everything is going to be ok!”
The quote, she says, comes courtesy of her 7-year-old son, Louis.
Petersen, who also goes by “the cabana king” and “the poolside prince”, found himself homeless and in trouble with the IRS when he was taken advantage of by realtors who convinced him to sell his home below market value.
“Most of his life he served and helped people and now in his older years he’s forgotten about,” Petersen’s GoFundMe page reads. “People that once called themselves “friends” don’t want to know about his situation. It’s a sad world we live in if elderly are starving and are just a burdon (sic) to our society.”
In an interview with CBSLA, Petersen revealed he “sometimes I go three or four days without food.”
Since its launch, the fundraising effort has managed to raise over $30,000 for Petersen.
The generous donation is far from the first generous act to come from the A-list celebrity. Bullock has previously donated $1 million to the American Red Cross and in 2013, was named Favourite Humanitarian by the People’s Choice Awards.