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‘Secret Millionaire’ Doesn’t Fail To Inspire

Gary and Diane Heavin, founders of 'Curves' and the latest 'Secret Millionaires'

I just got done watching ‘Secret Millionaire’ and all I can say is WOW.

My dear friend Monica Lassmann had told me about the show and how touching it was so I decided to watch it. This week’s show was about Gary and Diane Heavin who are the co-owners of ‘Curves’.

Gary and Diane left their wealthy lifestyles behind to spend a week in Houston’s poverty-stricken Third Ward. They were given $6.50 per day to use for food while they were on their journey.

The home they stayed in was nowhere near what they were used to. Gary and Diane went to three different non-profits, volunteered their time, and learned about each organization and what they did. The first one was ‘No More Victims’, an organization that helps kids whose parents are in prison or getting out by making sure the cycle ends with them. They counsel them and help with food or diapers.

The second one was ‘The Sean Ashley House’, an organization that helps people who are blind or have autism. This organization really hit home with Gary and Diane because their grandson has autism.

The third one was ‘The Lazarus House’ a place that helps manage cachexia, or disease related muscle loss and teaches life skills to the chronically ill, adolescents and adults alike, so they may learn how to enjoy a more productive and improved quality of life. At the end of their Secret Millionaire experience, they gave money to each of the organizations to help them keep doing what they are doing.

I really enjoyed the show. It was really inspiring to see how there are still people willing to give in the world. Now days, when you watch the news you see so much negativity. Monica said that the show touches her “when people do things for people that can’t do for themselves. Even more are the people that have nothing and still try to help others.”

The show makes her want to do more to help others. Monica recently volunteered her time at ‘Christ’s Kitchen’. She told me it’s easy to get discouraged with problems in our lives when things don’t quite go as planned, but when you see people on this show, it is very easy to be thankful for all of our blessings. I couldn’t agree more with Monica. The show reminds me that all of us can help each other. No matter how big or small, you will make a difference in someone’s life.

If you get a chance to watch the show, make sure to grab a box of Kleenex. It will leave you with tears but at the same time, a heart full of hope, and inspiration to volunteer your time for people who are less fortunate than yourself.

I’ll leave you with this quote: “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve… You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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