Monday, October 30, 2006

Oprah's big giveaway

No doubt you read about Oprah's show yesterday, she gave every member of the audience $1,000 with instructions to donate it to the charity of their choice.

It's a fun idea, which she probably got from a movement she had previously talked about on her show that was started by an evangelical church in California. The minister one day in 2000 simply handed every member of the congregation $100 cash with instructions to use it for charity and then come back and relate what they decided on. They've published a couple of small books on it and taken it national, which given the sad history of such things has to make one ask whether it's some sort of scam...if so I'm not spotting it. The books are priced so cheaply that any profit there seems unlikely. If somebody can spot a catch, do speak up.

1 comment:

Duke Smith said...

My heart sings when I hear of good deeds done by good people. Thanks for relating this story to us. I wonder what I would have done with the money?

By the way, I've added you to my blogroll. Keep up the very good work.
- Duke