I reported on this last year, but he’s doing it again this year for the holidays, just bigger and with more corporate partners…so why not re-share this great story. From ABC News:
If getting home for Christmas is out of financial reach, Peter Shankman may just be your savior. Shankman, known to most media as the creator of Help a Reporter Out, flies about 250,000 miles a year for book tours and speaking engagements. He’s donating 25 round-trip flights for the holidays using his own frequent flier miles and some help from anonymous donors and JetBlue, which heard about his program and decided to donate another 10 flights. He will choose the winners through a contest. “I’m a fortunate person to be able to do this. It’s the perfect example of how social media can be used for taking a good deed and turning it into something even better.” Last year’s winners included a dad who hadn’t seen his son who has Aspergers in six months because of mounting medical bills; a mom whose house burned to the ground and hadn’t seen her military son in two years; a daughter who wanted her mom who had recently fallen on hard times and had lost her husband to come visit her and her sisters for Christmas; and a mom who missed her son who had been stationed at Guantanamo Bay as a prison guard.