Season of Giving
My last post was a few weeks ago, November 28th, which was Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday has become for millions, the perfect way to kick-off the giving season.
There was an event of major giving that occurred over a year ago, but seems to have recently resurfaced in social media.
Jon Oliver, the host of the HBO show Last Week Tonight, formed a company called Central Asset Recovery Professionals — or CARP, named after the bottom-feeding fish. He purchased $14.9 million worth of medical debt for 9,000 people. He then gave the debt away, bragging that his giveaway was bigger than Oprah Winfrey’s — her car giveaway was estimated at $8 million. He completed the show by pressing a giant red button that triggered a rain shower of money.
While Jon Oliver was making a major point about the debt collecting industry, as I heard the story, I thought about the relief it gave to those 9,000 families, who no fault of their own, found themselves strapped in debt due to medical issues. It marked Jon Oliver into TV history; with the largest giveaway… for me it was an abundance of Loving Thy Neighbor. Not only to forgive the debt, but to also shine a light on predatory practices that are anything but Loving Thy Neighbor.
So, I share this story as just one of many many ways people help others, stand up for common decency and a return to more humanity. As my wife, Ruth and I, are sharing this wonderful Holiday message, this blog is from both of us.
As it is Christmas and we will be spending this day with family and friends, we continue to keep those who are less fortunate in our hearts and prayers. We will continue to do what we can for our fellow neighbor. And we hope that through our deeds and sharing thoughts, that we will inspire others to do the same.
Wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season,
Barry and Ruth