Monday, July 27, 2009

Charitable Giving - Knowing What is in Someone's Heart

A representative of the Red Cross knocked on the door of the richest man in town. She said, “Our research shows that you make ten million dollars a year but don’t give a penny to charity. Wouldn’t you like to make a generous donation?”

The rich man replied, “Did you know that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?” Embarrassed, the Red Cross worker mumbled, “Um . . . no.”

The rich man interrupted, “Or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?” The stricken Red Cross worker tearfully tried to express regrets, but the lawyer interrupted again, “Or that my sister’s husband died suddenly in an accident, leaving her penniless with three children?” The humiliated Red Cross worker cried, “I had no idea!”

The rich man continued, adding, “So if I don’t give any money to them, why should I give any to you?”

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