Illinois man gets $10K from President Trump for being a passionate supporter

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STONINGTON, IL (KTVI) - You can call Shane Bouvet the $10,000 man in a town of 1,000 people.  Bouvet lives in Stonington, IL and is a bit of a town celebrity these days.  That’s because he received a $10,000 check from President Donald Trump.

“I’m just a small town blue collar guy. It’s just amazing. People are coming up to me and saying, 'hey can I get a selfie with you?'” said Bouvet.

The check stems from a Washington Post article about Bouvet. He was featured as a passionate supporter of then candidate Trump.  Bouvet works as a FedEx courier and is a single father.  The article pointed out how hard Bouvet worked on what was considered by many to be a longshot of a presidential campaign.

“I was going door to door.  I made cold calls and things like that,” said Bouvet.  “And I was good at social media.”

Bouvet was overwhelmed when he met the President, and moved even more, when he discovered the $10,000 check in the mail Monday.

“My heart dropped because, not only did he do that, but he wrote me a message,” said Bouvet.  “He wrote me a presidential note and he told me thank you.”

Bouvet says he will use the money to help his disabled father who is a military veteran undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

“My dad hasn’t worked in a long time because of the chemo treatments, and because of an injury; and I want to give back,“ said Bouvet.   “My family has done a lot for me, so I want to give that for his chemo treatments and thank him for his service.”