As a highly sought-after keynote speaker and author,Â Peter Shankman flies a lot. Like, A LOT a lot.
Routinely traveling the globe, the customer marketing guru has racked up 350,000 miles just this year. Typically, he shares those miles with his assistant, his family and friends, but there are still plenty left over. So, what's a man to do with miles and miles of miles? Shankman wants to send complete strangersÂ home for the holidays.
So, for the secondÂ year in a row, Shankman has taken to Imgur to find families that need his miles to get home. On Nov. 28, theÂ ADHD championÂ posted about his intentions and asked families that need his help to reach out.
Families that could benefit from Shankman's generosity wereÂ encouraged to post on Imgur. More thanÂ 120 families shared their stories, and just like last year, other Imgur readers ultimately chose the deserving families.
Shankman worksÂ with frequent flier mile expertsÂ AbroadersÂ to make sure those chosenÂ familiesÂ make it home. And, he encouraged anyone else that had miles to spare and wished to donate to work with Abroaders too.
Shankman had hoped to send two to four families homeâbut due to additional donated milesâthis year he is reunitingÂ 10 families.
The list of chosen travelers includes a whole spectrum of folks. From a father wishing to spend Christmas with his autistic son to a broke college student that hasn't been home in three years, each story is heartwarming.
For his part, Shankman is just happy to help. "I pretty much live on an airplane, and it's pretty cool. With the exception of missing my three-year-old when I'm on the road, I consider myself incredibly lucky to live the life I do," Shankman wrote on Imgur.
Peter Shankman, we think you are pretty cool too, and we bet those people you helped are feeling pretty lucky to be the recipients of your incredibleÂ generosity.