Friday, December 11, 2015

This blog is a little special. My parents wrote it.

Upon the recent birth of their daughter, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and his wife Dr. Precilla Chan, announced that during their lifetime they would give away to charity 99% of the shares of Facebook currently valued at $45 billion.  This follows Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, and Warren Buffet, founder of Berkshire Hathaway, giving billions to charity.  I think it’s great that these billionaires are giving away substantial sums of money to charity.  They are paying it forward and acting as wonderful role models for their families and the general public. They can afford it, and they choose to be generous.  My takeaway is that we should all contribute in some way, whether monetary or through volunteering.  It's not necessary to be a billionaire to give to others, and even small donations of time or money can make a big difference.  High school students can volunteer by tutoring younger children, helping at a food pantry, visiting the sick or shoveling the snow for an elderly neighbor.  Anyone can donate gently used clothing, toys, books, furniture and other household items.  The Chan/Zuckerberg's lives are richer by the birth of their baby daughter, and they chose to celebrate her birth by making the world a little wealthier too.

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