Oprah Winfrey has famously given members of her audience new cars, paid off their debts and fulfilled their wildest dreams. Now she’s given them what she calls the “gift of giving back.”
On a show that aired Monday, Winfrey gave more than 300 audience members $1,000 debit cards sponsored by the Bank of America to donate to a charitable cause. Winfrey called the show her “favorite giveaway ever.”
“I can honestly say that every gift I’ve ever given has brought at least as much happiness to me as it has to the person I’ve given it to,” the 52-year-old talk-show host said. “That’s the feeling I want to pass on to you.”
People can give the entire sum to one person _ relatives aren’t eligible _ or they can split it among charitable causes. Audience members also received a DVD recorder to tape their stories for a future show.
“You’re going to open your hearts, you’re going to be really creative, and you’re going to spend it all at once on one stranger or spend a dollar on every person,” Winfrey said. “Imagine the love and kindness you can spread with $1,000.” The Associated Press-http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/10/30/D8L33HD80.html
We at The Daily Lily have our site to blog and be creative and tell our stories. I would like to share about two families we blessed this past week-end. We gave one family that has a great struggle buying enough food for the month before they receive their next social security check a gift out of love. The Daily Lily gave a large box of canned foods. Also fresh meats, skinless chicken breast, boneless pork chops, vegetables and fruit. We gave hygiene items like toothpaste, soaps, shampoo and conditioner. We also gave a fresh flora arrangement to delight their dining table. Not only did The Daily Lily give food but our delivery team took the time to spend about an hour visiting with our family and Oprah is right we came away the winner. We also give about two hours a week to this family in tutoring to help with their reading skills.
Our other family also received canned foods, lots of hygiene items and a flora arrangement. Again, we took the time to visit and this brought such joy and new friends to our team. We also make calls to this family weekly as they are shut-in and need others to drive them or make outreach to them.
We have many stories to tell and I like Oprah hope that we would be creative and tell our stories in hopes that others would be inspired to do the same. Giving is a contagious joy for the giver and a blessing for the receiver. It has a pyramid effect in helping to bring light to darkness. Candles in dark places, hope in despair, love for hatred and the results are never ending.
Let us take our gifts and serve them on a silver tray as Rena would say and make a pyramid investment. And Wendy tells us to put our candles together into a dark room and bring the Light!