What’s the best birthday gift you’ve ever received? Maybe it was a new bike as a kid, or something so thoughtful but a complete surprise? Well, athlete Tim Tebow wanted one thing for his birthday, and that was to help others. So, he used his platform to fundraise for a charity close to his heart.
The former football player and current baseball star was born in the Philipines where his parents were missionaries. Tim is very outspoken about his Christian faith, and it was this that inspired his birthday generosity.
“My early years were spent in the Philippines where my parents served as missionaries,” he wrote on the Tim Tebow Foundation website. “My experiences there and the training from my parents who instilled in me the importance of God’s word, the salvation that we have in His Son Jesus, and the responsibility that we have to give back to others, gave me a desire to make a difference in people’s lives.”
“At the age of 15, I visited a remote village that had never seen visitors. There I met a boy named Sherwin who would impact my life more than anyone I have ever met,” he said.
“Sherwin was born with his feet on backwards and was viewed as ‘cursed’ in his village,” Tim continued. “When the people saw me hold Sherwin, they realized that the good news of Jesus Christ applies to everyone. It was then that my passion grew to help people. That’s why in 2010, I was so excited to create the Tim Tebow Foundation with a mission to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.”
So, for his 32nd birthday, he continued to spread goodness. He set his fans the challenge of raising $150,000 to give 150 children life-changing surgeries. But, Tim didn’t expect the response that he received.
Tim’s Birthday Surprise
“We [are] still just blown away by the support of Timmy’s 32nd birthday this past week,” Tim’s Facebook post read. “YOUR support is going to bring healing to more [than] 200 kids! Children that have been mocked, made fun of or seen as outcasts in their community and villages, all because they didn’t receive the medical care they needed, will now have a future filled with Faith, Hope & Love.”
“[The children] will be able to walk or run for the first time. They will be able to go back to school. They will be able to live the life they deserve that’s uninhibited by whatever physical deformity they experienced before Tebow CURE!”
Tim Tebow is making the most of his position and using it to help those in need. Tell us what you think of his inspiring birthday gift in the comments, and share with your family and friends.
You can watch Tim’s video here.