I would like to share with you a recent memorable encounter I had while visiting a watch-repair shop.
There is a small watch-repair shop called House of Treasures near where I live. I frequent the shop enough that I've given it a Chinese name—Zhen Bao Wu. The shop owner is named Brad, a jolly and kind boss. He greets people even when he is repairing watches, and he always asks me about any updates regarding the TFish Fund.
I made sure to bring him our 2012 Donor Book when I went in to the shop. He was surprised by all the projects we had been supporting, and, in particular, he was intrigued by the hemophilia project. I found out that his daughter’s boyfriend has hemophilia and, in addition to suffering from the illness, has to pay expensive medical bills.
That day, Brad did not have other clients, so he chatted with me freely while donning the pair of glasses he usually wears when repairing watches. He shared that most of the donations to some American public charities seemed to just disappear, without clear indication of who would benefit from the donations. I explained to him our operational model and emphasized that our donations were 100% transparent and went to the people in need. He nodded and said, "Now I understand the meaning of Transparent Fish Fund...and I also like the logo!" He is such a friendly person, but I was in a bit of a hurry to get home. I took the watch and asked how much I should pay. He replied with a smile, "$50, but could you help me donate the money to your foundation?" Pleasantly surprised, I suggested that he donate the money to the hemophilia project. He agreed. I thanked and assured him that his donation would be transferred through the website to the hemophilia organization, and that he would find out how his money was used in the project he appointed.
On my way back home, I thought about how Brad would be able to share with his wife and two young daughters about the happiness and impact made possible by the 50 dollars. I hoped that as a result, the entire family would get to know a bit more about the TFish Fund.
The joy brought by doing good can motivate people to donate more love. $50 is more than just cash; it represents a kind of devotion and care. I believe Brad will continue to pass his joy on to other clients, and I also have faith that our TFish partners will continue to encourage one another and serve those in need with commitment and sincerity.
Original article written by Amy Chao, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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