A Thrifty Good Samaritan Makes the Holidays Bright

Alan Naiman, a Washington state social worker, passed away from cancer earlier this year and did a generous and surprising thing… he left most of his estate worth $11 million to charities that help children who are ill, living with a disability, living in poverty or whose parents or guardians can no longer care for them.

The estate’s worth and the huge donation was especially amazing to everyone who knew him… he was well known for his thrifty ways. He would often work 3 jobs at a time to bring in extra money, but he would also shop at the grocery deli at the end of the day to get deals, used his senior discounts to the max once they kicked in and would even duct tape his shoes to get the most wear out of them.

But Alan Naiman wasn’t cheap when it came to what was the most important thing… helping those who he tried to help in his work that really needed it. And that’s what it’s all about!

Jeanne Sparrow


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