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Teacher uses $500 gift to help cause close to heart


A former teacher recently used an unexpected gift of $500 to help a non-profit organization fund a lecture series on a cause close to her heart in a 60 minute miracle.

The concept was simple. News 2 gave a stranger $500 in cash.

The recipient of the money, Barbara Nicholson, then had to give it to a person or cause in need in just one hour.

After carefully considering her options, Nicholson decided to use the cash to help support her passion of raising healthy children and giving parents the tools to succeed.  

"I worked in this area as a school teacher," Nicholson explained. "I saw that so many children came to school unprepared and their parents are the ones that really needed the support."

Nicholson quickly worked with the Community Foundation where she explained the unique circumstance and asked where the money could benefit the organization.

After discussing options with Rebecca Finley of the Community Foundation, the pair decided where the money could be best used.

"The fund that I could think of that would really be a great match for you is the Edna Thomas fund," Finley said.

Finley's suggestion funds a lecture series on raising healthy children and giving parents the proper tools.

"It was just thrilling to have this opportunity to fund a passion of mine," Nicholson said.

For more information on the Community Foundation, visit their Web site.

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