Making the world better
Millions of people from all around the world connect on eBay. Each time that happens—about 69 times every second—something positive happens in the world. These are the stories of everyday people on eBay making an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.
Laurie Wong, Reflections of Trinity Feeding the Hungry
A heart to help people in need
Roy Byrd has volunteered with Reflections of Trinity in Powder Springs, GA, for more than 10 years. When the nonprofit opened a food pantry in 2012, Roy rose to the challenge. As director of the food ministry, Roy makes sure nearly 400 families get food boxes each week.
“Everybody loves Roy. When the food truck pulls up, you see joy. You see smiles on everyone’s faces. We know that we’re making an impact in that community. We can see it plain as day on their faces.” - Laurie Wong, founder and CEO, Reflections of Trinity
Lifting up and giving back
Roy has witnessed people at their lowest point. As they return to the pantry week after week, he has seen how greater food security reduces their stress and helps them rebuild self-esteem. One former beneficiary now volunteers alongside Roy—helping lift up others as they were lifted up.
“It gives you a lot of self-pride to be able to come out of the poverty situation and go back into where you need to be in life.” - Roy Byrd, director, Team 58 Food Ministry, Reflections of Trinity
Cori O'Steen, Upaknship Supporting Addiction Recovery
Turning pain into purpose
Cori O’Steen felt helpless as her daughter battled drug addiction. Then a tattoo helped her turn her family’s personal pain into a much larger purpose—using her eBay business and voice to raise awareness and support for free, long-term addiction recovery centers.
“I thought about my daughter and her tattooed message of hope—three little birds from the Bob Marley song, ‘My burning sun will someday rise’ (from Doin’ Time by Sublime), a Lotus flower growing from muddy water, arrows on her fingers reminding her to keep moving forward. And I realized this flood of thoughts was my calling to do something to help those in need.” - Cori O’Steen, founder and CFO, Upaknship
Emergency response to addiction
Proceeds from the sale of Upaknship’s Recovery Tattoo mailers are helping establish two free, long-term centers in Cori’s community—and her vision is that these vital recovery resources will be available to serve people in need in communities everywhere.
“Addiction should be termed a national emergency. Almost half the people that die every day are dying from drug-related deaths. That’s an emergency.” - Cori O’Steen, founder and CFO, Upaknship
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