I did one myself this month, too . . . here’s what happened:
I carry one #GivingCard in my wallet at all times, and I was at a meeting in Chicago a couple weeks ago. I drove down to meet a friend on the west side of town, and then took and Uber into the city so I wouldn’t have to worry about looking for or paying for parking for my one-hour meeting downtown. Upon driving back to my car, the Uber driving started chatting with me (talking to people is hard for me - sigh), and we made small talk for a while.
Then he asked what my meeting was about, and it happened to be about #GivingCards, so I told him the story about how we give out these gift cards each month, etc. Then he asked me, “Are you a millionaire?” And I laughed and I laughed.
I did not expect to laugh on that ride, friends. But after I was done I told him that in fact I was not, and neither are most of the people who participate - we just want to give back where and when and how we can. I then told him that I had one more card left, and would he like it to do something positive with in his community. At first he refused, and I said okay, and returned the card to my wallet, but a few minutes later, he said that he did know of a young woman who works at McDonald’s, and they’re closing down her restaurant for two weeks for renovation, so she won’t be working during that time, and she was concerned about making her bills. He said that if possible, he would give the card to her to help buy groceries for her family.
So I pulled the card back out and handed it to him, and told him not to worry about sharing the story in the forums, that I would do it for him. So, Cory, this one’s for you. Thanks for helping out your young, hard-working friend this month.