Jan 03 2013

Just Give

Losing weight and getting out of debt are top on the list for New Year's Resolutions, also making the top 10, Helping Others.  

Check out what these people are doing:

Attorney Gives House to Homeless Family

A 51-year-old man is moving back in with his parents so a homeless family can live in his house instead. Tony Tolbert’s offer is good for one full year.
Tony Tolbert’s offer is good for one full year. According to CBS, the spare bedroom in his childhood home in Los Angeles frequently went to people in need, which inspired his own version of the act.
Just goes to show that when you are generous, your kids are paying attention, and grow up to be just like you!
You don't have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet or Oprah," Tolbert, a Harvard-educated attorney, told CBS in the video here. "We can do it wherever we are, with whatever we have, and for me, I have a home that I can make available."
Speaking of Warren Buffet, he made the list for the Biggest Giver in 2012.  He gave $3.09 billion in stock to be divided equally among three foundations run by his children.  Mark Zuckerberg gave $498.8 million to Silicon Valley Community Foundation to support education and health.  That's crazy money!  Crazy generosity.  But, it's all about perspective.  
Reminds me of this story of Jesus and the Widow.  She gave crazy money too.
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” -Mark 12:41-44
How will you help others in 2013?  
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