Because you have to be kinder to each other.
American businessman Peter Shankman for the fifth consecutive year gives strangers with Imgur miles for air travel. His story was told by The Washington Post.
According to Shankman, in this way he helps those who cannot afford to buy tickets, but want to see their loved ones during the holidays. However, in his post on Imgur, he warned that the proposal applies only to flights within the United States.
According to The Washington Post, Shankman began distributing free miles back in 2013 when he realized that he had too many of them even after he gave them to his parents and secretary. He explained that miles are accumulating due to the fact that he travels a lot – for example, in 2018 he was in Asia 11 times, not to mention other trips.
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Previously, Shankman asked his assistant to select the winners himself, but in 2015 he moved to Imgur and allowed the users to vote for the stories of those who should receive miles. Gradually, Shankman had followers – in 2018, they donated about 100,000 miles. The entrepreneur himself this time shared 200 thousand miles. Thanks to this, five families will be able to meet in the Christmas holidays. Shankman communicates with representatives of the site to help him contact the winners.
Shankman dedicated a separate post to Imgur to the winners of 2018. One of them, 33-year-old Sarah Latham, told The Washington Post that her grandfather was dying of cancer, but lives in Texas, 2.5 thousand kilometers away. To buy a ticket, her family would have to go into debt. Then her husband Latham nominated her for the Shankman contest and the Igmur users chose her by voting.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I am happy that I won because I have the opportunity to create this memory. When my father died, our relationship with my grandfather became so important that I had no words. This is my way to say goodbye to him.[/perfectpullquote]
Miles will also receive a resident of Los Angeles to meet with a family of 30 people in Utah for Christmas. The winners were also two brothers from San Diego and North Carolina – they will go to Christmas for their mother for the first time in several years. Members also voted for a woman with Parkinson’s and her son, and helped them go to Georgia to lay flowers on the grave of another son 11 years after his death. Another winner was a man from Kansas, who will fly to New Hampshire to surprise his parents suffering from serious illnesses.
Shankman himself explained that distributing miles, including teaching his daughter Jess the importance of family in life, and also teaches her to give something to people. He explained that he himself grew up in a family that surrounded him with care and warmth. According to Shankman, he receivesphotos and videos from the winners when they are finally reunited with the family.
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When Shankman was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, he decided to send his energy and impulsivity to the business and learned to take it as his gift. One of his goals is to give people with the same disorder to understand that this is not their defect, but their advantage.