Curious about what (and who) the motivation is behind Faithbox, the inspirational subscription service? Last December, Fox and Friends interviewed Faithbox founder and CEO Willie Morris and got him to talk a bit about his company, but also his own personal journey.
It was Christmas time. As usual, we’ve transcribed the discussion for easy browsing and for our hearing impaired friends.
Fox: It’s easy to get lost in the meaning of Christmas. But here’s one gift idea to remind you of the season’s true meaning, it’s called Faithbox. Well, joining us now to explain is the founder and CEO of Faithbox, Willie Morris. Thanks for being with us. So you can have all kinds of subscriptions that you give somebody for Christmas, whether it’s a wine subscription, magazine subscription, but this is for faith. How does it work?
Morris: It is. So every month we ship out a box. Every box is around a specific Christian theme. And every box we have a mixture of a few things. We have these cards which are inspirations, reflections, so everything from quotes or bible verses, scripture, and we also have actions in those. So, take a few minutes out of your day and buy lunch for somebody, random acts of kindness.
FOX: And what I love about the idea behind it, it’s not all just about making money, but you partnered with a company that really helps children, and feeds needy children. Tell us about that.
Morris: Yeah, so the idea is that we’ll have a charitable partner every few months. Right now we’re working with Rice Bowls. So for every box that we ship, we actually make sure that an orphan child has food for a day, which is kind of awesome.
Fox: Now your story is interesting, too, because you weren’t really a believer.
Morris: That’s true.
Fox: And you, something changed in you. You were an atheist at one point. And now you’re a believer. Tell us about that.
Morris: Yeah, well I grew up, I went to Catholic school. Did all that good stuff in Virginia. Then I went down to the Dirty South and Alabama where I went to college and I just kind of was exposed to a very different type of Christianity where some of it was a little heavy handed. It didn’t fit with my idea of Christianity was. And so I kind of went the other day and as a college kid you always go to extremes so I went completely atheist until I was in Florida and slowly found my way back but in a very different way. More through reflections and acts and kind of trying to live it out day to day instead of how I grew up.
Fox: Yeah, well it’s pretty bold to come up with a company based on your faith. Right? How has that been working out for you?
Morris: It’s been great. It’s definitely been a journey. For such a long time I never talked about my own faith, my own religious background. And now I’m doing something that gives back a little positivity in the world, has been really exciting.
Fox: Lot of positive actions in here and I even see some dark chocolate in here. (2:28)
Sometimes you have to leave and come back to really appreciate the important things in life and what has meaning for you. Faithbox is about helping you find it and keep on experiencing it. For more details, check out our transcribed Faithbox unboxing and review here.