- Whatabouts (noun): the matters which one is occupied with
My new obsession: Sunday night’s new “Feel Good” show…Secret Millionaire on ABC. If I am watching TV and see something upcoming that sparks my interest, I DVR it to help cure my sporatic fits of boredom. I was enticed by the idea of millionaires giving away their money to those who deserve it – those who help out their communities. What really grabbed my attention was a teaser line from the first episode, “We idolize celebrities, we idolize professional athletes, we idolize millionaires…we idolize all the wrong people. The people who have started these organizations…they are the model Americans.”
These self-made Millionaires leave their familiy and lavish lifestyles behind to live 6 days in some of the most desolute areas of the country. Throughout their experience, they come face-to-face with some truly extraordinary people who put their own needs aside for the sake of others. At the end of the journey, the millionaires reveal their true identity and donate their own money. Extra Bonus. Each episode, the Secret Millionaire seems to bond with a particular individual…and they usually send a lil’ something extra their way.
And no joke…Episode 1 had me tearing up over and over again. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a big softie! I’m a giver. And I love to volunteer. And I would like to believe that even if I was a millionaire, I would act the same way! You must watch the episodes to fully feel the effect of the show…hear the stories behind why each group offers what they do…and to feel how the millionaires connect…but I wanted to share a lil’ bit of the love through a recap. I mean…since I watched all three episodes in one night!
Episode 1 Recap:
Wealthy entrepreneur Dani Johnson, once homeless and on welfare, is sent to one of the most neglected neighborhoods in Knoxville, TN, in search of those who need her help most. She had to get by on just $40 for the week – the equivalent of one week’s worth of foodstamps for a woman her age. She donated $100,000. Yes folks – that is $100,000 dollars – out of pocket – to three great community organizations!
Episode 2 Recap:
Marc Paskin came from a poor family and worked his way through college. He used his life savings of a thousand bucks for a down payment on a duplex. That was the start of a career in buying and selling real estate that turned him into a multi-millionaire. He now has to survive 6 days on a mere $50.00…the equivalent of weekly welfare for a single man over 50 living in Detroit. He donated $110,000.
Episode 3 Recap:
James Malinchak is a highly-successful motivational speaker whose hometown was a steel mill town in Pennsylvania. He leaves his lavish Las Vegas-area home to head off to Gary, Indiana, where the collapse of the steel industry has hit this city hard. One-third of the residents live in poverty. James will be joining them over the next six days in a one-bedroom apartment with a mere 44 bucks in his pocket. Yep – $44 to feed you for 6 days! He donated $105,000 + thousands in supplies.
Touching! And totally pulled at my heart-strings!!
Is there is an organization that you are passionate about? Do you donate or volunteer?