it brought them anxiety over the prospect that “crooked people” might take advantage of them. Several people called them out of the blue to ask for money when the news first broke that they’d won the jackpot. So they began an $11 million donation spree to get rid of it and help others, the Chronicle Herald reports:
They took care of family first and then began delivering donations to the two pages’ worth of groups they had decided on, including the local fire department, churches, cemeteries, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, hospitals in Truro and Halifax, where Violet underwent her cancer treatment, and organizations that fight cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Those are just a few groups that have benefited by their good fortune and good will.
Great examples of how just one or two people can potentially make life long improvements in their community and the lives of so many.
They kept only 2 percent of the money for a rainy day.
“It made us feel good,” said Violet “and so much good being done with that money.””That money that we won was nothing,” her tearful husband, Allen, told Patricia Brooks Arenburg of the Nova Scotia Chronicle Herald. “We have each other.”
They have not spent one cent on ourselves because they have been too busy getting everything looked. Their other main focus is Violet’s heath.
As Violet says, “We live in the country and we’re proud of it. Money can’t buy you health or happiness.”
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