The recent episode of “Thanks A Million” on the short-lived mobile video platform, Quibi, featured actress-activist Yara Sayeh Shahidi. Now, Shahidi is someone who likes to practice an “attitude of gratitude” and likes to pay it forward and that is why she is on the show so that she can do something for the people who have had a positive impact on his life.
She was thrilled to start a chain of gratitude and was on her way, with $ 100,000 to meet people who are very dear to her. The people in question are Victor and Libby Boyce, parents of his childhood friend Cameron Boyce.
Shahidi recalled his very first work with Cameron where they played Princess Jasmine and Buzz Lightyear, respectively. Cameron died unexpectedly on July 6 of last year. He was a very bright light in the life of Shahidi and the lives of people who knew him. He was very passionate about using his voice to help others and Victor and Libby chose to pass on their son’s legacy with the “ Cameron Boyce Foundation ” which invests in all areas close to Cameron.
Shahidi entered Victor and Libby’s office while they were in the middle of a meeting. They were told that they were going to be part of a documentary and that they were not expecting Shahidi. After exchanging jokes, Shahidi told them that she was only there to say thank you for all the work they did.
“It is one thing to inspire and another to inspire people to action and the work you do is completely ambitious but it also gives me the feeling of getting up and doing something every day”, a said Yara. She told them that she wanted to thank them for all these reasons and gave them $ 100,000. She said her favorite part was that they could give half of it to someone who had helped make a positive impact on their lives.
Libby was extremely moved by Yara’s gesture. “You and Cameron started your journey together … You are both extremely philanthropic and it is really great that you started together and that you still supported and inspired each other, but that you also shared the love of change the world and we’re very proud of you, “she mentioned.
Libby was now on the verge of continuing to spin the wheels on this chain of gratitude. She met her colleague Deborah who took a week off without pay to help the family when Cameron died.
“I’m here to tell you how incredibly grateful I am. The week Cameron passed away, you took care of everything this week and made sure we didn’t have to think about all this logistics. You organized the memorial, “said Libby. before giving Deborah $ 50,000.
Deborah has struggled for the past two years and thanked Libby for the gesture. Later, she decided to do her part in this chain of gratitude, to donate $ 25,000 to Rabbi Jaclyn who helped her plan the Cameron memorial.
Jaclyn helped bring peace and calm to the life of Deborah who was going through a very difficult divorce and had no hope for the future and she felt very lucky to be able to do it for Jaclyn and it is there that the chain of gratitude that Yara had set in motion stopped.
‘Thanks A Million’ is now broadcast on Quibi.