A dad with 350,000 frequent flyer miles has decided to donate them to complete strangers.
Peter Shankman travels the world speaking about marketing and his experience with ADHD, Huffington Post reports. Through his job, he obtains a large number of frequent flyer miles. This will be the fourth year Shankman has decided to donate his miles to people who are unable to travel home for the holidays.
He teamed up with Abroaders, a service that helps people get the best deal for their traveling experience, to accomplish this selfless act.
Shankman announced this year’s project on Imgur on Nov. 28, and asked others to help donate their miles as well. People who wanted to receive the miles through United Airlines had to share their story on Imgur and users would vote. Thanks to all the extra-donated miles, he is sending ten people home for the holidays. He said he “was floored” by this year’s project and it showed him just “how lucky” he is.
Among some of the winners, Shankman will be sending home a dad to see his son with autism and a woman will visit her sister with cancer during the holidays.
He explains that he takes on the project each year because “with any modicum of success comes the responsibility of giving back.”
Shankman was able to notify the people who would be receiving his miles and some of them couldn’t believe it. “I think they were amazed that I was serious,” Shankman said. “It’s the internet ― you don’t expect that.”