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Stories from Flipgive: A letter from a 13-year-old that broke our heart

Jun 21 2018

When Adam got a letter from Thomas, he wasn't expecting this.

FlipGive is a free team funding app that makes raising money a breeze. Teams earn cash back for buying the things they already need. Get paid whenever you shop, dine out, book hotels or activities.

I thought it was going to be a typical day at FlipGive, What I wasn’t expecting was Thomas’ letter.

“My name is Thomas and I’m 13 years old,” it read. “I am writing you because I was wondering how I can get funds for hockey.”

Now - apart from the author being a bit young, there wasn’t much out of the ordinary. But what came next made me take a step back.

“My dad just finished going to university and he doesn’t have a job yet,” Thomas wrote. “If I can find a way to help with my team fees then I know that would make it better for him.”

Thomas’ letter didn’t stop there when tugging at the heartstrings:

“Can you tell me please how do I apply to see if I can get help so I can still play hockey this year.”

Having been both a teacher at one time, and a member of a fundraising consultancy at another, this hit me from two sides - and I knew that there was a lot more to be done than simply explaining the FlipGive program to Thomas.

While I could help him set up a fundraiser for the long term, I wanted to make sure he could get some short-term help as well. So I made sure Thomas had the contact for JumpStart and KidSport Canada – both great charities that would be able to help in this sort of a situation.


As a B Corporation, FlipGive believes in the power of business to solve social problems, be it making sure kids have the chance to play sports, or helping a school get the funding they need.

This is why I work here, instead of somewhere else – I want to help. Luckily I knew some places he could go.

With some stopgap funding in place for Thomas, I made sure the rest of the office saw the letter.

It’s great to be able to help in this way, so I wanted to make sure the whole team saw our impact. Because when it comes down to it: it’s why we’re all here. We want to make a difference.

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  • Caroline Webb 17 days ago

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  • Michael Scott about 2 months ago

    What a wonderful letter. Sincerity and openness are now much appreciated, so it made a special impression. It's great that at such an early age he can write so well. Even in college, I never could boast of this and in matters related to writing, I could only trust thesis writing help service. Thanks to this, I could count on high marks, although I cannot write well.

  • Caroline Hughes 2 months ago

    Such a penetrating story! You did right, as you helped the boy make his dream come true. Such letters can really tug at the heartstrings, as the boy was writing sincerely, and it's the most important thing for writing. Frankly speaking, I'm not sure I could write something of a sort, as for me, even a college essay is a challenge. Once I found a nice service by reading reviews on WritingJudge, and I always used their help when needed to write something, but after reading this story I looked at the writing another way.

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