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Letter From America: Charity

...People doing what they can, whether it is much or little, make a difference in the world. Gay and I stand alongside such charitable souls as Oprah Winfrey, Joseph Leek, Alyssa Milano, and Bill and Miranda Gates. On the off chance that any on the list with us are unknown to you, I will tell you something about them...

Ronnie Bray and his wife do their bit for good causes.

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The voice on the telephone didn’t exactly say, "Is that all!" but it felt something like that when they questioned the amount I told them we could afford to pledge to the Arizona Fire Fighters’ Association fund. We’d like to be more generous, but on a fixed income we know what we can and cannot do.

It wasn’t as much as they had hoped for, it was less than they had asked for, but it was all we could let them have, even though they pressed for "just two more dollars?" I didn’t feel mean. I would have liked to have surprised them with a big cheque, but we did what we could and, like the widow’s mite, it filled a little place in the coffers of their need.

The pledge envelope came, and we filled in the promised cheque, ignoring their written plea for "just two more dollars," and sent it off. I peeled the paper from the supporter’s logo and stuck it to the inside of the windscreen of our rig. We were now, our stickers declared, supporters of the Montana Police and the Arizona Fire Fighters. While we were not major contributors to either fund, we were at least engaged in life’s major aims by supporting the communities.

People doing what they can, whether it is much or little, make a difference in the world. Gay and I stand alongside such charitable souls as Oprah Winfrey, Joseph Leek, Alyssa Milano, and Bill and Miranda Gates. On the off chance that any on the list with us are unknown to you, I will tell you something about them.

Joseph Leek looked like an indigent and lived like an indigent. He wore old clothes, and ate cheap food. But, he surprised everyone including his family when he died in 2003 by leaving almost two million dollars to Guide Dogs For The Blind.

American television actress, Alyssa Milano, is also ambassador for the United Sates’ Fund for UNICEF. She travels to Africa working as a volunteer in children’s’ hospitals and visiting children with HIV and AIDS.

Oprah Winfrey funded the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which provides higher education for gifted children of the poor, who could not otherwise afford an education.

Bill and Miranda Gates have given the largest sum ever donated to charity – a staggering three thousand three hundred and forty million dollars – to health and education programmes throughout the world.

"We are," I told myself, licking the envelope containing our ten-dollar donation, and standing a little taller, "in the company of giants!"


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