I often write about Utahns and their YouTube channels. I first wrote about Give Back Films when it launched in 2013. Each video they produce is based on doing good deeds while capturing the reactions of the recipients in hopes that the resulting videos will inspire others to give, too. Here’s their mission statement:
Here at GiveBackFilms, we have been fortunate enough to be in a better position than a lot of people in the world. For that reason, we want to give back, and that is what our channel is all about! We are motivated to grow our message through aligning the passion for giving back with major organizations supporting efforts in philanthropic or service based initiatives.
I first wrote about Give Back Films in 2013 when Kyle Oreffice (then age 18) and his friend and Josh Gibson (then age 25) started the channel. (Read my original article. Read more of the back story at the Deseret News.) In the 5 years since then, their videos have been watched nearly 45 million times.
Below is their first video, where they gave $100 to people living on the street. Notice how they take a few minutes to talk to each person and learn his or her story.
The next week, they posted their second video where four customers paid for strangers’ drive-through bills, eventually creating a pay-it-forward chain. That video has been watched more than 3 million times. The channel’s success is a testament to the fact that people enjoy seeing others #PayItForward and the reactions of others.
What can you do?
- Think of some kindness you can show to someone else today.
- Share this video with someone who could of benefit from it. (You can share it on social media by slicking one of the colored buttons below.)
- Watch more videos on the Give Back Films YouTube channel.
- If you have a cause you would like Give Back Films to collaborate on please let them know at email@example.com.
- Here is a list of other member-created videos we have shared. If you find other videos you think we should share, please post a comment below.