I have been contacted by some interesting news organizations about my year-long commitment. From local news here in Washington, DC to morning shows to CNN. Even a handful of international news organizations have reached out for interviews. Recently I was contacted by Russia Channel 1, the leading broadcasting network in Russia. They asked if they could interview me and follow me around for a couple of days. Today is the first of two days that they joined me finding my daily recipient.
We met at Union Station and talked for a little while and then set out looking for someone to give my $10 to. The first person I asked said that they were in a hurry, but the second person I approached agreed to receive my ten bucks. Carolyn is in DC visiting her daughter who lives here and is a DC school principal.
Although originally from Little Rock, AR, she now lives in Los Angeles. In addition to raising five children, this 75-year-old found time to lead a career as a police officer, a nurse and later a pastor.
Giving is nothing foreign to Carolyn. She shared with me that she went to Haiti on missionary tour and fed 2,000 people per day. “It was such a site to see,” she said describing countless children as old as six that didn’t have clothes. Back stateside she helped at men’s shelter for many years. Just then she takes out a piece of paper in her bag that has contact information for free legal services for those living below the poverty line. “Right now I was planning on going over to this McDonald’s and see if there is anyone who might need this information,” she explains to me motioning toward Union Station. I’ll probably use your $10 to get me something to drink there too. Here is a video of her explaining how she shares the legal information.
Carolyn says that she tries to help at least one person every day. She credits her faith with fueling her service to others. “I grew up in a Christian home,” she told me. “I know that Jesus Christ is my personal savior and he has always opened doors for me.”
I asked her if there was anything that anyone reading her story could do to help her. She reluctantly told me about a hospital bill that has gotten out of hand. “I still owe about $1,300,” she says. She tries to make monthly payments of $100, but the interest keeps building up. She said that she could use some help getting that paid off. “If anyone would be so kind as to help I can give them the payment information and they can directly pay the hospital.” So many of my readers are very generous themselves, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone offered to help this kind woman.
After I was done speaking with her, Andrey from Russia Channel 1 interviewed her some as well. You can see that here: