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Inspiring 815 recipient donates ice cream to Rockford bus drivers

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Austin Nelson, a 13 WREX Inspiring 815 award winner, was featured on 13 WREX for selling bracelets to raise money for essential workers.

On Wednesday, Nelson used some of that money to thank the essential workers at Rockford Mass Transit District.

He spent $375 to get every RMTD worker ice cream. The bus drivers welcomed the treat on the hot and humid day.

As a former paratransit rider, Nelson said he wanted to give back to the bus drivers.

"I feel happy, I feel blessed, I feel happy thinking of others besides myself and handing out ice cream to them," he said.

Nelson has also created a Facebook page for his cause, which can learn more about by clicking here.

Breane Lyga

Breane Lyga is the content manager at 13 WREX. She joined the team in 2015 as the 5, 6 and 10PM news producer after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She was 13 WREX’s assignment editor from 2017 to 2018.

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