Someone once said that through the love of reading you can travel the world and be anyone you want to be without ever having to leave the comfort of your armchair. And if you are the frugal sort like Alice Jumper, it is a whole lot less expensive as well! In fact, through her love of reading, Alice was able to accumulate a $1 million portfolio that will be benefiting Central Michigan University and its Library well into the future.
While I am not in agreement with everything Mr. Thoreau said or wrote, this quote is spot on for the potential Surprise Millionaires out there.
A decorated army helicopter medic who served his country well left his adopted community quite a gift earlier this summer. The Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity will be putting Stephen M. Florentz’ $2.25 million gift to good use.
This gentleman who grew up in the tenements of New York City bought his first home when moving to Oklahoma and never forgot the pride that home ownership brought him. He wanted to pass that feeling along to others.
During my research of this amazing hero and Surprise Millionaire, I found a piece of information that others had overlooked. He was a published author as well!
Melvin and Kathryn Johnson grew up during a time when educational opportunities were hard to come by; especially when you were trying to make a living and put food on the table. That is why their recent gifts to the Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch as well as their local school districts made such a lasting impression. It is people (and Surprise Millionaires) like these folks that make me hopeful for the future!
Houston’s University of St. Thomas received an unexpected gift from a gentleman that brought everyone to tears and I have the video to prove it!