Friday, November 12, 2010

An amazing story of hope, from the Great Depression, you have to listen to this show.

I first read about this story in the New York Times a few days ago. A man, Ted Gup, who used
to be an investigative reporter with them, had come across some family papers, among
which were several paid checks from 1933 and letters from strangers to an unknown
named person. Anyway, he investigated it and discovered that his grandfather had put
an anonymous ad in the Canton, Ohio newspaper offering help to people suffering from
the Great Depression, handing out almost 800$ in small checks to many different people,
an amount small today but in that time, an amount of money that was huge.

The details can be read here.

Tonight I heard a story on the radio with Mr. Gup, where he read several of the letters
and talked about his grandfather, Mr. Stone, and his times. This was a wonderful show
that brought tears to this old blogger’s eyes. You can listen to that show here.

After my earlier tirade, I am making up for it with this great story of helping out
one another in these tough times.