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Pictured from left to right are Justin Daniels and Rotarian Shelly King, sister of the recipient of Daniels’ generosity, Jim Loy who is also a past Rotarian.

Speaking at the Union City Rotary Club on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Justin Daniels outlined his “Change A Life Challenge.” He started the challenge during the pandemic as he saw people around him struggling to have hope or even smile. Daniels thought to use his social media to challenge viewers and friends to donate at least $.50, which is less than a cup of coffee, to help put a smile back on someone’s face by leaving a large tip, paying their rent, paying for their groceries, or helping with Christmas. 

Daniels tries to bless those in Union City, Indiana first to give back what he himself has received from his hometown, but he also reaches out into the surrounding areas. He has paid servers with a tip in the hundreds of dollars while traveling the area, all from the donations collected on social media. He has also received information and tips about people in need through friends and family. He makes his decision and posts the cause at the beginning of the week. Then he waits for the kindness of others. People across the USA have found his page and have donated out of their own abundance. Donations are accepted through Facebook Pay, Venmo, PayPal, CashApp and, if possible, in person pickup. 

This time, the recipient was Union City resident Jim Loy who recently received a life-saving kidney transplant after 8 years of dialysis, culminating in a final year of 12 hours a day dialysis. The much-needed funds are to help with Jim’s frequent transportation to Indianapolis for post-transplant checkups.After the presentation, several Union City Rotarians felt the call to serve others by individually donating to the cause. Justin encourages everyone to go to his open-to-the-public Facebook page “Justin Daniels” and check out the videos and the causes. He thanks you in advance for opening your heart others and joining him in his mission to serve others. 

The Union City Rotary recently celebrated 100 years of service in April and meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Community Room from noon to one. All like-minded individuals are invited to come visit.

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