Monday, March 3, 2008

Oh, Oprah.

Oprah's done it again. And this time it's a reality show. This isn't just any reality show though, this is a show with my name written all over it. It's called Oprah's Big Give and boy do they give.

Basically the show has 10 contestants who receive a challenge. Every week they get a 'person's life to change,' and can only do this by raising money in the community to get things their person needs. For example. There was a single mother of two who became homeless after she left a domestic abuse situation. The two people who got this woman ended up finding her a home, a car, appliances, etc., all within five days. There are eight more, one hour shows left.

I just love the idea behind this show. It's about paying it forward. How cool is that? There are so many people who need just a little bit. One woman said it nicely tonight. She said, "I don't need another handout to get back on my feet. I need a stepping stone."

I would really like to be a stepping stone. I know I mentioned this before, but I need to volunteer somewhere and help make a difference. Running the half marathon and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Sociecty was very rewarding in so many ways. I would love to do that again too. Really, just doing little things every day can help someone, so I may make that a goal of mine.

Oprah is such a powerful person; I'm glad she's using her power in a productive way. My mom was wondering how these people are able to get companies to donate homes, cars and scholarships on such short notice, and it's because of Oprah. Well, Oprah and the fact that they're being generous. But seriously, being able to drop the name "Oprah" opens so many doors.

...The whole time I've been writing this the Make a Wish Foundation keeps popping up in my head. I think I need to give them a call tomorrow.

3 thoughts:

JennaRenee said...

Love it. I watched, too. But I have to say I hate that they get rid of people because they "didn't give enough." Seems counterproductive.

Jess said...

I completely agree. I wish it could be solely about the giving. I guess Oprah isn't all she's cracked up to be.

AND. How selfish would it be of whoever ends up winning to keep the million. They'd almost have to give it away after doing this show, don't ya think?

Albert said...

Something my family does is we pick a friend/family that might be in need of some assistance. For instance, we have a friend that is expecting in the next week or so, this prompted us to ask people around her office and friends and family to donate however much God impressed on them. Then what we are going to do is give them the money with the understanding that we will be taking about $400 (if we raise that much) and put it towards Super Suppers so that way they will not have to worry about fixing meals, it's already there for them to take 20 minutes to fix. The rest of the money is given to them as a gift along with a list of who a gave so they can send thank you notes if they want. 1 random act made a huge difference for the last people we did this for. We raised well over $1000.

 
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