Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Gift Giving

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Gift Giving

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CHILDREN (not to mention adults) often ask each other what they would do if they had a million dollars. Answers vary from the whimsical (buy a lifetime supply of candy) to the practical (invest it for the future). The question takes on particular meaning around the holidays, when we tend to think more about the needs of others.

Dorothy Benjamin, a 94-year-old former teacher from Clearwater, Fla., recently donated $1 million to the University of South Florida - because she was pleased a woman was running the school. Her money was earned over seven decades of investing in stocks.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis also was the recipient of a $1 million gift - in this case from an anonymous donor who won a McDonald's contest and quietly handed the winnings over to the hospital. Everyone in this story ended up a beneficiary: the children of St. Jude, McDonald's (who didn't mind one bit all the free publicity), and the donor, whose gift was entirely separate from personal adulation. …

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