In Sunday’s Parade magazine there was an article about Warren Buffet.  One of the things reported in the article is that Warren Buffet has pledged to give away almost his entire fortune to charities, primarily to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.  It reminded me of a game I sometimes play with myself.  I like to think of the charities or organizations I would give large sums of money to if I had it to give.  My list changes but tends to revolve around experiences from my life. 

Wouldn’t it be fun to create a scholarship for single parents so that they can increase their education and make a better living for themselves and their families?  I think it would be fun to adopt a public school and find out what the needs are for that particular school and then provide what is needed.  I would love to help fund research for colon and skin cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.  Rural areas with volunteer fire departments need better fire equipment.  I would love to be able to provide that.  How about providing grants to forward thinking people trying to start a small business?  It would be great to walk into a hospital and anonymously pay the entire hospital bill for someone in need.  Or to do the same with the utility bill and mortgage of someone down on their luck.

It’s just a little game I play with myself sometimes.

Last summer was my second year as camp director for our ward.  The theme was a spy theme (Camp 2007 – A time to Bond) and so one of the activities was to have each of the girls create an alias for herself and answer questions for a profile.  On the first day of camp each girl was given the profile of another girl and it was her job to do some detective work to discover whose profile she had.  One of the questions answered in the profile was, “If you had $200,000 to give to charity, what would you do with it?”  Thirty one girls aged 12 to 18 came to camp last year and thirty one girls answered that question.  It was interesting to see their answers.

Four of the girls were my own daughters and step-daughter.  Here are their answers:

Huh (camp alias – Youdon’tknowwhoIamnienernienerniener) – says she would send the money to Africa.

Juju (camp alias – J-Unit) – says she would send the money to Uganda for children there to get food and shelter.

Mack (camp alias – Kenger) – says she would split the money between cancer research and helping abused animals.

Hoob (camp alias – Chicka) – says she would use the money to buy food for people.

Here are the answers of the rest of the camp girls:

Mrs. Giggles would give the money to MS research.

Gench would give the money to an orphanage.  (Shortly after camp it was discovered that Gench’s father had a brain tumor.  He passed away a few months ago.  It would be interesting to see if Gench’s answer would change now).

Foonda would pass the money out to people on the streets.

KR would give half of the money to Africa and half of it to America’s homeless.

Smitty would use the money to buy food and clothes for people.

Kelso, The Falgenator, Dusty and Ling Ling would all give the money to Africa.

Juice would give the money to “The Christmas Box House.”

Har would give the money to a local rest home for senior citizens.

Car and Yolanda would give the money to the poor.

Cupcake says she would give $100,000 to charity and keep the other $100,000 for herself.  (There’s always one).

Boof would try to spread the money between poor people all over the world.

Malibu Barbie would send the money to Jamaica to help with the drug problem there.

Trout and My-My would give the money to “Operation Smile.”

Randall would give the money to Primary Children’s Hospital.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 would give the money to dog charities.

Earl would buy toys and books for children.

B-Rizzle would give all of the money to church welfare.

Seamstress would give the money to cancer research.

El would split the money between the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and to Africa for HIV/AIDS treatments.

Donavena would buy food for a homeless shelter.

009 would give the money to an animal shelter.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  –Winston Churchill

I sincerely hope all thirty one girls make a life.

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