6 Apr 2023
We’ve connected millions of people all around the world, and we wanted to understand what part we’ve played in the lives of some of our customers. Meet Jim, a valued member of our Ding community.
Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Jim Morton has been in love with music and writing for as long as he can remember.
“I loved music and taught myself the guitar.”
Jim jokes that taking up a job in the U.S. Postal Service was the right move when he realised playing music doesn’t pay the bills.
Working for the postal service, Jim was able to move to Florida, where he lived and worked for 20 years before moving to his home in the mountains of North Georgia. It was here that Jim realised his collection of songbooks were in fact, poems. Jim has self-published 4 poetry books and won awards for his poetry, that he advertises on his Instagram page @wchimesjim.
“I stumbled upon an article about a home fire in Bhutan in 2019. It really moved me to send a donation to the family. These people were in need."
From there, Jim began to learn more about Bhutan. The country & the Bhutanese people made Jim curious and he began learning about Bhutan. Jim built a network of friends and fellow poetry lovers in Bhutan. He realised these people needed support. Having mobile top-up was not as accessible in Bhutan as in the United States, and that’s when Jim found a solution, Ding.
“Meeting these people moved me to try help in other ways than just donations. These people work so hard for success, and me sending gifts through Ding adds to their chances. In Bhutan, a lot of homes don’t have Wi-Fi, and having cell phone data in Bhutan is an expensive luxury that these people can’t always afford.”
Jim’s interest in helping others led him to use Ding more than 100 times in a few years. Jim notes that we have something in common:
“I believe simple people can change the world, through simple efforts. That’s why I appreciate Ding and what Ding stands for. It’s about connecting people. More importantly when they’re in need.”
We believe that a little goes a long way, and Jim’s efforts to help those with less, is the perfect example.
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