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What Was Your Last Act of Philanthropy? 

Week of March 7, 2001

Paul Rhodes
Volunteer Catechism Teacher

"I gave a panhandler $8 for AIDS medication. That's what he said, but it was a story. It has to be, because AIDS medicine is costly. He didn't seem like a drinker, more of a con artist. He seemed too well dressed to be begging. If someone has to ask, then he must need the money. Begging is something no self-respecting person wants to do, but it's better to err on the side of charity. It's also expensive. I needed that $8."

Stevie Spotlight

"The time that I'm devoting to the Women in Rock, a collaborative of female musicians whose goal is to heighten awareness of women in music. I'm helping with photography and sound engineering, recording their gigs and other stuff. It's good to be in the company of talented women."

Ann Green
Crochet Artist

"Well, almost every letter that comes asking for contributions, I give something, I really do. I give to the Heart Association, the VFW, the cancer people, and they pass my name around to everybody else. I feel that any little bit that I send could help someone else. I have a lot of love in me."

Kevin Kilper
Potato Peeler, Weber's Front Row

"Tell you what, we were on the Embassy Suites parking lot giving out free beer and food before the Rams games. People would walk away because they thought there was some kind of catch. I was, like, 'What, are you out of your mind? Aren't you American? This is advertising!' People think there's a catch to everything. That's OK -- it left more for me."

Tim Shirk
Sales, Expanets

"The School of Metaphysics had a teachers' meeting here, and we each cashed in $20 of our own money for $2 bills and we hit the streets. We'd go up and give somebody a $2 bill with no explanation. Some people freaked out, grabbed their kids and ran. Most just couldn't make sense of it and tried to see some ulterior motive. Others were genuinely grateful."

Greg Rannells
Photographer, FK Photo

"It was the 'run of the roses' on Valentine's Day. I did the floral-shop run for my co-workers who were too self-absorbed -- well, 'busy' -- to remember their sweethearts. So, I bought a big bunch of roses, then I parceled them out and re-sleeved them so they looked like they were store-bought. I was a selfless Cupid."

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