When Reed Sandridge lost his job with a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization, he decided do something many unemployed people wouldn't: focus on giving back. Remembering his late mother's words of wisdom, that difficult economic times make it even more important to share with others, Sandridge started the Year of Giving project.
GNN reports, each day for a year, Sandridge explores his community, finding one individual to be the recipient of his daily $10 gift. He uses his blog to document each person's story and what they plan to do with the money. Sandridge is already over 100 days into his project.
While he acknowledges $10 is a small contribution, Sandridge explains that the focus of the project is getting to know people, sharing their stories, and inspiring generosity all around him.
"It's more valuable to sit and listen to someone," he said. "And the fact that I'm out of work right now has inspired so many people."
Some of the recipients of Sandridge's kindness are homeless or struggling to pay their bills. Others use the money to help their communities, like Matt from South Carolina, who gave the $10 to a fundraiser to save a local river, or Alex, who used the money to spread cheer by baking cookies for Washington, D.C.'s most under-appreciated people.