How it began – The story from our CEO and Founder, Peter Makris:
It all started on a night back in November of 2017. I was out with some close friends I was visiting while back home in New York. At the end of the night, I called an UBER and hopped into the car. I met Isaac, originally from Ghana and living in the Bronx with his wife and newly born child. We had a great conversation while I headed to my sister’s house for the night. I said “Isaac, we will be good friends, and I know it. When I am back again in New York, take me to eat Guyanese food!” He said, no problem! I felt I made a nice connection with Isaac as our conversation was flowing. As he pulled up to my sister’s house and it was time to give a tip, I said, “Isaac I am going to give you whatever I have in my pocket.” I knew the amount I had - $106… but my vacation wasn’t too expensive and I felt that it would make his night. "Isaac, here you go – you deserve it." He thanked me several times and I asked him for his number so we could stay in touch upon my next trip back to New York.
A few weeks later I had some time to myself and decided to text Isaac. I wrote, “Isaac it’s Peter – the guy that tipped you. Just wanted to say it was a pleasure meeting you and when I’m up in NY again we should go eat some Guyanese food.” His reply was – “Peter! I wanted to call you and thank you for what you did for me. I was surprised, you know what – that day was my birthday and God really touched your heart for that huge amount and may God really thank you for that. I will save your number and talk to you everyday!”
Until this present day, Isaac and I text back and forth. We have become friends and share our daily stories with each other.
After seeing Isaac’s reply to me I thought to myself - why can’t we do more of this everyday? I had no clue it was his birthday but after making a brief connection with him and engaging in conversation I felt the need to give and was very happy about it. That’s how the PIFOR idea came to life for me. If we just give a little of ourselves everyday in any capacity to someone else, then I think the world would be a better place. And if we share those stories, pictures, videos to the world then maybe it will inspire each of us to do a little more everyday to change someone’s life.