The October 25, 2010 People Magazine has a story entitled, 93 Dollars Inspires Free Meals for Thousands. It is written by Kristin Harmel. This story represents what’s good about America.
While in a grocery store last year, Carolee Levick Hazard did a very good deed with unimaginable results. .
When Jenni Ware was checking out her groceries, she for some reason did not have the money to purchase them. She probably would have had the money but found out that she had left her wallet at a previous store. Understandably she became frustrated. She proceeded to go to her car.
Having observed this, Carolee offered to pay Jenni Ware’s $203 grocery bill with her credit card. Jenni was overwhelmed by her offer of kindness.
The next day Carolee received a $300 check in the mail from Jenni. This was $93 more than what Jenni’s actual bill was. In an enclosed note Jenni told Carolee to get a massage. But Carolee didn’t feel comfortable keeping the extra money.
The article states the following, “So she shared her story on Facebook and announced she’d match Ware’s $93 and donate $186 to a food bank; by the next day a dozen friends had made $93 pledges”. Talk about the power of modern technology and social media outlets.
As a result of these donations she started the 93 Dollar Club on Facebook. Information can be found at facebook.com/93dollarclub. The purpose is to contribute in portions of 93. Donations from $9.30 to $9,300 have been collected.
A year later, almost $110,000 has been raised for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. That is the equivalent of 220,000 meals.
Now this is the America that I am so proud to be a part of. Carolee Levick Hazard you represent what is good about our nation.
And because of this, I gratefully acknowledge what you have done and honor you as today’s American Shero. Thanks also to Jenni Ware who unknowingly planted the seed by giving a little more than what her grocery bill actually was. Bravo to you.
People Magazine, October 25, 2010 edition, page 110