One man's plea for chicken nuggets just surpassed the Oscar selfie in retweets

#NuggsForCarter has been retweeted over 3.4 million times

Carter Wilkerson’s (@carterjwm) call for a year’s supply of free nuggets from @Wendys has become the Tweet heard around the world.

With 3.42m Retweets, it has officially surpassed Ellen Degeneres' infamous Oscar selfie as the most Retweeted Tweet of all time.

But how did one high schooler’s plea for nuggets become what’s happening?

It all started with a simple Tweet from @carterjwm asking @Wendys how many Retweets would be needed for a year’s supply of free nuggets, to which Wendy’s responded: “18 million.”

“Consider it done,” Carter said.

As he embarked on a journey to reach his goal, the world chimed in to help Carter on his quest. Top brands, celebrities and influencers got behind his efforts, including YouTuber Tyler Oakley, music producer Zedd, comedian Kathy Griffin, as well as Microsoft and Amazon.

Carter Wilkerson has seen his popularity on the social media site spike. On April 1st, he had 138 followers. He now has over 100,000, he is officially verified on Twitter, and #NuggsForCarter has a custom emoji featuring a box of Wendy’s nuggets.

Carter and his family knew the world stage provided an opportunity for them to do something more than just eat some nuggets. They wanted to make an impact.

As a nod to his success, @Wendys will provide Carter with a gift card for a year’s worth of free nuggets and a $100,000 donation in Carter’s name to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (@DTFA), which finds loving homes for children in foster care.

Carter is raising additional dollars for the cause on his website nuggsforcarter.com.