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Oprah's "Ultimate Viewers" Pay It Forward
Photo: Rich Barker (left), Karmeta Foster (right)
On Saturday, May 28 (the weekend following the Oprah show finale), some of Oprah's "ultimate viewers"—the lucky 302 fans who joined her in Australia last December—got together to express their gratitude.
"Oprah had asked us to spread the love once we got home," says Julie Lemerond of Scottsdale, Arizona. So she and dozens of her fellow travelers collaborated through Facebook to plan a nationwide volunteer effort in their respective cities--what they called the "Ultimate Day 'O' Service."
In Chicago some helped out at the no-kill humane organization PAWS. In Atlanta they played bingo with residents at a senior home. In Los Angeles volunteers boxed up fruits and vegetables at a food bank. Outside Detroit they held a raffle to raise money for the city's needy.
Lemerond feels deeply rewarded by the experience, and already has more days like it in the works. "It was great to get in the spirit of service," she says, "and to be able to thank Oprah in the right way."
How has Oprah encouraged you to spread the love?