Thursday, June 26, 2014

You May Like Giving, but They Do Not Want Your Money

ILikeGiving.org
(ILikeGiving.org)
Have you seen the short video titled, “I Like Being 98?” It was posted on YouTube back in February of this year but has just now seen some traction. In fact, I Like Giving, the creator of the video, just announced this week that this simple video has hit over two million views with 1.5 of them just from the previous week alone.

The video shares the simple story of 98-year-old Evelyn who went to re-apply for her driver’s license so that she could take her friend to the grocery store. A beautiful story about friendship and giving.

Brad Formsma is the founder of I Like Giving.
Brad Formsma, founder of I Like Giving.
"We are so humbled by the tremendous support we've received for this video,” said Brad Formsma. “We've had people from all across the world reach out to tell us how moved they were by Evelyn's story. We hope this video will continue to inspire others to live a more generous life."

So who exactly is “I Like Giving” and what do they want? Definitely not your money.
“We long for something else,” says the website. “I Like Giving is a non-profit created to inspire a generous world. It serves as a platform for unique storytelling and idea sharing. It believes a generous world is a better world for all of us and wants your action, not your money. Go check out a story today and then go create one of your own.”

Brad Formsma, a successful landscaper heard news about some bikes being stolen in his neighborhood and called for a family meeting on what to do about it. His oldest son suggested purchasing new bikes for that family. A nice gesture, but it didn’t stop there. The Formsma family decided to forgo their planned trip to a water park and use the money toward purchasing a few bikes. The Formsma’s didn’t know this family or even where they lived, but with some research, they found their home and waited for them to come home. While the family spoke broken English, they managed totell them, “I like Bike! I like Bike!” And that was the beginning of I Live…Giving.