The full article is under the cut, but here's the quickie version:
A woman was in line at Trader Joe's and saw that the woman ahead of her didn't have her wallet. She offered to cover the other woman's purchases. It came to $207, which she put on her credit card.
A few days later, she got a check in the mail for $300, along with a thank you note and a suggestion that she use the extra money for a massage. She wasn't comfortable keeping the extra cash, so she posted to Facebook saying that she was going to match the money and donate $186 to a food bank.
Here's where the incredible part happens.
Within 24 hours, a dozen of her friends agreed to match it too and made $93 pledges of their own.
And thus, the 93 Dollar Club (http://www.facebook.com/93dollarclub) was launched. People are asked to donate in increments of 93, whether it be $9,3000 (which someone actually did) or 93 cents (which someone also actually did) or anything in-between.
A year later, the program has raised nearly $110,000, funding 220,000 meals for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. AMAZING.
Think about this when you feel like you can't make a difference in the world. Think about it when you're trapped in line at the grocery store. Think about it while you eat dinner, when you clean out the change tray in your car, when you feel irritated with people in general...
Think about it, and be inspired.
From People magazine, October 25, 2010.