SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (WLS) -- A local family is trying to inspire what it calls "the next generation of giVING" by empowering teens to donate to those in need.
The VING project, backed by an anonymous Chicago family, is giving teens the opportunity to give $1,000 to an individual in need. Teens ages 14-18 can upload a 60-second video on VINGproject.org nominating who they want to donate to, and the VING team chooses who will receive funding.
Nikil Badey, a William Fremd High School student, heard about VING and decided he wanted to help the Mustafa family, who are friends with his family.
Mrs. Mustafa was killed and her husband severely injured in a garage fire at their home. The family's oldest child, who was 18 when the tragedy occurred, is working to help take care of the other children in the family while pursuing a degree at Loyola University Chicago. The student has also set up a GoFundMe page for the family.
Badey joined us live on ABC7 Eyewitness News This Morning to talk about his experience with the VING project.
VING project a way for teens to donate to those in need