Jared Leto donates $5K to mother, 2 children hit by car in Sandy

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A Utah family received a $5,000 donation from well-known actor and musician Jared Leto. (Photo: Screenshot from

A Utah family received a $5,000 donation from a well-known actor and musician Jared Leto.

As part of the #goodthingchallenge, Leto announced Tuesday on Twitter that he gave the money to the family after learning 3-year-old Griffin, 18-month-old Watson and their mother Brighton were hit by a car in Sandy, Utah.

"I encourage everyone to do the #goodthingchallenge," Leto tweeted. "Remember the smallest gesture can make a big impact... even if it's just a hello and a smile."

The vehicle struck the kids' stroller and Brighton as they were crossing the street at a crosswalk near 1850 E. Sego Lily Drive on the morning of Oct. 8.

Both boys were transported to Primary Children's Hospital. According to a GoFundMe page set up for the family, Griffin suffered a full break skull fracture, a broken clavicle, abrasions and had to get his ear stitched up. Watson was admitted to the neurological trauma unit. He suffered a fractured ulna in his left arm, a broken pelvis and a lacerated liver. He was also being monitored for potential neck trauma.

Their mother suffered only minor injuries. The GoFundMe account description states "she put her arm out in an attempt to shield the boys, but the stroller took the full brunt force of it."

2News has reached out to the family and has learned the mother and her two sons are recovering at home now.