A Heart Of Gold: Uneducated Carpenter Sends 33 Young Adults To College From His $3 Million Savings
July 23, 2019 12:32 By Fabiosa
Giving to charity is a wonderful thing as you get to help those who are in need. However, it's not only those who received the help that benefits. There's also a lot in store for you.
First, giving to charity makes you feel good about yourself. This, in turn, increases your esteem and empowers you.
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Giving to charity also installs in your children the spirit of giving. Children learn from their parents, so watching you give might be all your child needs to be a better person.
Giving to charity also boosts your values. The knowledge of the fact that you're helping a life get better affirms your values.
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With all these benefits, why are you not giving?
The caring carpenter
Dale Schroeder from Iowa never went to college and worked as a carpenter for 67 years.
He was known to own two pair of jeans and a rusty Chevrolet truck while he was alive, but upon his death, Dale has done something that most billionaires can't boast of. He has helped improve lives!
Dale while alive had savings worth $3 million. Upon his death in 2005, his wish was that the money be used to send deserving children who couldn't afford college to school.
As he had no wife or children of his own, he discussed his wish with his lawyer and friend, Steve Nielsen.
Steve, in an interview said:
"He wanted to help kids that were like him that probably wouldn't have an opportunity to go to college but for his gift," I said, 'How much are we talking about, Dale?' "Oh, just shy of $3 million.' I nearly fell out of my chair."
With his charity, Dale was able to send 33 young adults to further their education. They went ahead to call themselves "Dale's kids."
Now that the money has run out, Dale's kids, have promised to pay it forward, one of the conditions of accepting the scholarship.
As they cannot pay Dale back, they must emulate him and help others to achieve their dreams. One of Dale's kids, Kira Conrad, expressed how this opportunity changed her life.
"For a man that would never meet me, to give me basically a full ride to college, that's incredible. That doesn't happen."
How can you help people in need?
You might not have millions in savings, but understand there are other ways except financially to help those in need.
- You can offer moral support to them;
- Share their stories on social media to elicit help;
- You can start fundraisers for them;
- You can donate groceries and clothing to them.
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There's never anything too small. Dale kind act goes a long way to prove that generosity only makes the world a better place. Dale was a remarkable man!