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Do You Share Your Fries?

Did you know that in 2019 Americans spent over 1.7 trillion dollars on food from grocery stores, take-out, and restaurants?

And that the average family spends over $300 per month eating out?

That is a whole lot of french fries, folks!

Now you may be tempted to keep all of those mouth-watering, golden, salty fries to yourself.

But think about this for a second:

What would it look like if each of us took some of our $300–a-month-eating-out money and sprung for fries for a friend or seven? 

Or even better decided to send a chunk of that money to some folks half-way around the world who would just really love a cool, clean glass of water?

It would be awesome, right?

Here at ILG, we think that being generous and sharing what we have makes everything better.

Our Generosity Roadmap is leading students around the country on a journey of generosity.

  One of the ways we love being generous is with our money. 

When we are generous with our money, we get to invest in the people around us. 

Our families. Our friends. Our neighbor George who lives down the block.

When we invest in people,

we show them that we like them. 

That we think they are special. 

And that they are valuable to us.

The crazy thing is that when we invest in people, it not only changes us, it can actually change the world. 

Just ask our sweet friends, Isabella and Adell. (Watch their amazing story in I Like Bugshells.)

You’re Never Too Young To Change the World

So our sweet friends Isabella (5) and Adell (7) heard about the fact that there are kids in Africa who are just about dying for a clean cup of water. Literally.

The Conversation says, “In Africa, more than 315,000 children die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.”

You may be thinking, That is horrific.

And you are exactly right.

You may also be thinking, What can a five and seven-year-old do about about a sanitation crisis half way around the world?

So. Much.

Isabella and Adell decided to be generous with their money. 

They collected $67-worth of bottles and cans and sent it to the World Vision Clean Water Fund

World Vision says,”Giving to the Clean Water Fund will help bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to communities – helping cut child deaths by more than half!”

We love that so much!

And we love that Isabella and Adell are taking generosity to whole new level, investing in kids, and saving lives!

Be A Life-Saver

What if you got crazy with your $300-per-month-eating-out budget and decided to fund a well or two – providing clean water for a whole heap of super amazing kids?

I mean…could anything be more exciting?

We all have the ability to be generous with our money and save lives.

It doesn’t matter whether you have $10 or $10,000 – you can choose to share what you have, invest in people, and embrace generosity.

I think we should do it, don’t you?


Susanna Aughtmon is a gifted writer, wonderful wife, mother, daughter and friend, and a valued member of the I Like Giving team.