The Forklift Philanthropist

Matel Dawson 2I recently became aware of a Surprise Millionaire who created quite a sensation a few years ago by the name of Matel “Matt” Dawson, Jr. more affectionately known around Detroit as the “forklift philanthropist”.

Born in Shreveport Louisiana, Mr. Dawson spent his formative years surviving the great depression and the inequality of that time.  He wasn’t able to go to high school as he had to work to help support his family, but that didn’t mean he was opposed to scholastics.

On the contrary, Mr. Dawson believed that education was a tremendous thing and wanted young people to pursue their dreams without the worry of financial strain.    This Detroit forklift operator who worked more than 60 years at his job gave a total of $1.25 million in scholarship money over his lifetime to deserving young people.   He lived frugally, invested wisely and was able to help many others in the process.  Another inspiring Surprise Millionaire story!

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